Blue Origin seals partnership with Air Force | Business Announcements

13 October, 2018, 07:46 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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The Air Force a year ago released a request for proposal for its next iteration of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, known as EELV, to be used on space lift such as the Atlas V, Delta IV and Falcon 9 rocket systems.

Each company will initially be allocated $181 million.

The Space and Missile Systems Center will obligate at the time of award $109M in fiscal 2018 funds to each company under the cost-share agreements. "The funding provided through this agreement will be used to tailor our launch vehicle and associated facilities for national security space needs".

Blue Origin is one of three recipients of a $2.3 billion Department of Defense (DoD) contract, meant to ensure the military's rocket launch technology is developed and manufactured domestically, Reuters reported Wednesday. 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. The rocket has been under development since 2014, and ULA expects the first launch of the new rocket to occur no earlier than mid-2020.




"These awards are central to the Air Force goal of two domestic, commercially viable launch providers that meet National Security Space requirements".

Blue Origin said in a statement following yesterday's announcement that it will build a launch site at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, although it did not say what rockets would launch from the site. The New Glenn is a reusable orbital vehicle created to land back on Earth after launch.

In a tweet, Bezos thanked the Air Force "for your confidence in the @BlueOrigin team and our #NewGlenn rocket". The company also recently announced that it would sell its BE-4 engine to ULA, another significant revenue stream.

Blue Origin is profiting from the retirement of the United Launch Alliance's Delta IV, which first experienced flight in 2002.

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