NASA Issues RFP on Dedicated Launch Services for Smaller Payloads

CubeSatNASA is seeking proposals on commercial launch capability for small satellites and future science missions ahead of potential awards for the Venture Class Launch Services contract.

The space agency said Saturday the request for proposals seeks dedicated support for smaller payloads under the Launch Services Program, which plans to launch 132 pounds of CubeSats with 66 pounds of cargo by mid-April of 2018.

NASA noted that it currently uses ride-share arrangements to carry small satellites and science missions to space alongside other payloads.

“This will start to open up viable commercial opportunities, ” said Mark Wiese, chief of the flight projects office of the Launch Services Program.

The agency added that the future contract or contracts will enable it to share costs with other users, including universities and organizations that seek to launch science experiments and contribute to space exploration.

“As we drive costs down, that frees up more money for science, ” Wiese said.

Responses to the RFP are due July 13.

Check Also


Vigor Industrial Subsidiary to Modernize Navy Destroyer Ship Under Potential $156M Contract

Vigor Industrial's marine subsidiary has secured a potential $155.6M firm-fixed-price contract to help the U.S. Navy modernize and maintain the USS McCampbell guided missile destroyer. The company will update the ship's mechanical and electrical systems, hull and communications, digital video surveillance and warfighting equipment as part of a depot maintenance availability, the Department of Defense said Monday.


Parsons Gets $178M Intell Community Security Analysis IDIQ; Robert Miller Quoted

Parsons (NYSE: PSN) has secured a potential five-year, $178M contract to help the U.S. intelligence community analyze measures for securing physical and technical assets.