Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket wins Air Force contract

Origin founder Jeff Bezos addresses the media about the New Shepard rocket booster and Crew Capsule mockup at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket wins Air Force contract
Sandy Nunez | 12 October, 2018, 22:01

The Air Force on Wednesday awarded more than $2 billion in contracts combined to three companies to develop rockets capable of launching national security satellites, as part of an effort to increase competition. Blue Origin also plans to use some of the money to create a brand new launch site out of the Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Meanwhile, the Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems will be receiving $791.6 million towards creating an all new rocket called the OmegA launch system.

The army intends to select, in fine, the two companies to send their satellites into space, which will only use the american engines, so that the rocket Atlas that she uses now are equipped with engines of Russian.

The Defense Department has the option to narrow it to two companies no later than 2020 that will then compete for future launches.

The public-private partnerships will ensure "the USA maintains assured access to space, with at least two domestic launch service providers and without reliance on non-allied rocket propulsion systems".

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United Launch Alliance, a partnership between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, won a $967 million contract to develop its Vulcan Centaur rocket, a powerful launcher that will replace the company's venerable Delta 4 and Atlas 5 boosters. The EELV program has successfully launched 72 NSS missions, dating back to 2003, using the Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles.

The company's Omega rocket is proposed as a vehicle to launch national security satellites for the United States Air Force and could launch other government and commercial payloads, including to Geostationary transfer orbit.

Blue Origin got $500 million for New Glenn, which it's building at a massive new factory on the Space Coast.

"We're making the most of the authorities Congress gave us and we will no longer be reliant on the Russian-built RD-180 rocket engine", said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, in a press release. "Since the early days of the space program, the Air Force has been a world leader in space launch", said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein. SpaceX was not listed among the award recipients.