OSP-Four is designed to accommodate payloads larger than 400 lbs. The Air Drive initiatives it would procure about 20 missions over 9 years.
WASHINGTON — The Air Drive House and Missile Methods Middle’s Launch Enterprise is requesting business bids for the Orbital Services Program-4.
Proposals are due Aug. 29. OSP-Four is managed by the Rocket Methods Launch Program Workplace, which plans to award a multi-vendor indefinite supply/indefinite amount (IDIQ) contract by the tip of the yr with a chance to on-ramp new suppliers in future years, the Air Drive stated in a information launch.
OSP-Four is designed to accommodate payloads larger than 400 lbs. The Air Drive initiatives it would procure about 20 missions over 9 years. One of many necessities is that launch suppliers be able to fly inside 12 to 24 months from job order award.
OSP-4 is a follow-on to the OSP-3 contract that’s set to run out in November.
The Air Drive chosen contractors for OSP-Three in 2012 however this system bought off to a gradual begin because of low demand. It additionally suffered a setback as a result of issues with the development of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, which was awarded the STP-2 mission in 2012, with preliminary plans to launch in 2015. STP-2 was efficiently launched with 24 satellites aboard the Falcon Heavy on June 25, 2019, together with NASA and Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration payloads.
SpaceX was one in all three firms that obtained OSP-Three IDIQ contracts. The others have been Orbital Sciences Corp (later Orbital ATK, then Northrop Grumman) and Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin withdrew from this system in 2016 earlier than it was awarded any missions.
SpaceX launched the DSCOVR and STP-2 missions. Northrop Grumman was awarded 4 missions on job orders that may launch over the following two years, together with three from the Nationwide Reconnaissance Workplace and one from the Air Drive: NROL-111, NROL-129, NROL-174, and AFMC-1
Col. Rob Bongiovi, director of SMC’s Launch Enterprise, stated in an announcement that the OSP-Four program is meant to offer the federal government choices to launch missions as wants emerge. “Contracts have to be versatile and responsive,” he stated. “This system balances know-how, mission threat, and schedule whereas leveraging quickly evolving market forces to domesticate a resilient and inexpensive launch functionality for U.S. authorities wants.”
Lt. Col. Ryan Rose, chief of the Small Launch and Targets Division at Kirtland Air Drive Base, New Mexico, stated Northrop Grumman Innovation Methods later this yr will launch a Nationwide Reconnaissance Workplace payload utilizing a Minotaur launch car. “We imagine OSP-Four can be profitable as a showcase for business innovation and a gateway to much more inexpensive house launch,” stated Rose.