The long-awaited news is finally here! ULA and SpaceX have won the National Security Space Launch (NSSL) Phase 2 launch contracts from the US Department of Defense, which leaves Blue Origin’s New Glenn and Northrop Grumman’s OmegA out in the cold. I talk through what this means for each company and launch vehicle, and where things will go from here on all sides of the issue.
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- U.S. Department Of Defense > Contracts For Aug. 7, 2020
- Pentagon picks SpaceX and ULA to remain its primary launch providers - SpaceNews
- Air Force to end agreements with Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman, prepares for launch contract protests - SpaceNews
- ULA, SpaceX Win NSSL Phase 2 Awards – SpacePolicyOnline.com
- House and Senate Make Progress on the FY2021 NDAA – SpacePolicyOnline.com
- National Security Space Launch (NSSL) Phase 2 Launch Service Procurement (LSP) Request for Proposal (RFP) FA8811-19-R-0002 - GovTribe
- Air Force funding three new rockets to compete with SpaceX but only intends to buy launch services from two providers - SpaceNews
- Air Force requests bids for space launch services, will select two companies in 2020 - SpaceNews
- Episode T+79: Orbital ATK’s OmegA, NASA’s Bridenstine - Main Engine Cut Off
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