The upcoming RPF Air Force release for launch services was a hot topic at the 35th Space Symposium Since 1990, NASA has purchased, whenever possible, consumer rocket launch (ELV) services from commercial suppliers for its scientific and application missions. ELVs can accommodate all kinds of inclinations and railway heights and are ideal vehicles for launching Earth orbits and interplanetary missions. The Launch Services Program was established at the Kennedy Space Center for NASA`s acquisition and program management of ELV missions. A NASA team/contractor is on hand to fulfill the mission of the Launch Services Program, which is in place to provide leadership, expertise, and low-cost commercial services to meet the needs of government-wide space transportation and maximize the mission`s chances of success.  The Space Force has other launch acquisition mechanisms to award launch service contracts for smaller missions, such as technology demonstration satellites. NASA has specific guidelines for launch services.  LSP Flight Design provides general information on launcher performance available on existing NASA contracts.  All of this information is available on publicly accessible sites. Friday`s announcement also marked the end of a fiercely contested competition between four major players in the U.S. space industry for a chance to win billions of dollars on lucrative military launch orders. Bob Smith, the CEO of Blue Origin, said the company was disappointed that New Glenn was not selected for a Phase 2 acquisition deal.
The Air Force and ULA also oppose SpaceX`s claim that stopping the ULA price would do no harm, as it could lead to delays in the development of the Vulcan rocket. In the meantime, Northrop Grumman, while not competing, also finds in the filing that SpaceX`s argument is controversial because the Air Force chose the company as its start-up supplier, which “broadly addresses the main violation for which the plaintiff seeks redress from this court.” For nearly a decade, the Pentagon alone has assigned ULA, which builds and operates the fleet of Atlas and Delta missiles, which have put into orbit almost all of the military`s large reconnaissance, surveillance, communication, navigation and missile satellites. NASA uses a certification system for missiles launched by its contractors and, for validation purposes, requires that the certification process be “instrumented to provide flight design and performance data,” with post-flight operations, an anomaly resolution process, and a margin of flight verification process, with 80% design quality expected at 95%.  A letter dated May 29, signed by 28 legislators, asks the Air Force not to give in to pressure for a third provider to embark on the acquisition of Phase 2 launch services. . .