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Boeing To Develop DARPA Satellite Launch System; Steve Johnston Comments

Boeing (NYSE: BA) will evaluate small satellite launch systems technologies for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the company announced Thursday.

Work under the 18-month, $4.5 million Airborne Launch Assist Space Access contract will include developing methods to routinely deploy small satellites under tight budgets.

The company’s goals are to expand its knowledge of launch system solutions and integrate those solutions into existing operational aircraft with minimal modifications, said Steve Johnston, a director of advanced launch space exploration.

DARPA’s goals for the ALASA program include reducing the cost of small satellite launches by as much as three times, compared to current military and commercial launch costs, the company said.

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) also holds a contract to develop a system for the program.

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