Space News: Air Force to Award Contract to ULA for Delta 4 Rockets

rocket-launchThe U.S. Air Force plans to award a sole-source contract to United Launch Alliance for two Delta 4 rockets to launch National Reconnaissance Office, Space News reported Monday.

Mike Gruss writes the NRO missions covered under the contract are scheduled to launch in 2020 and 2023.

The Air Force opted for a sole-source contract with ULA to acquire certified launch vehicles that can accommodate satellite integration, schedule needs and other requirements, Gruss reported.

The Defense Department said it plans to award a contract for the NROL-82 mission later this year ahead of its schedule 2020 launch while the NROL-91 contract will be issued in 2017 for deployment in 2023, Space News stated.

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