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NASA Selects 12 Companies for $300M Launch Service Contract Vehicle

Twelve commercial launch services providers have secured positions on a $300 million contract vehicle to help NASA send small satellites to Class D spacecraft into different orbits.

The agency said Thursday it will place firm-fixed-price task orders through the Venture-Class Acquisition of Dedicated and Rideshare contract over five years.

NASA’s VADR program follows the Venture Class Launch Services and VCLS Demonstration 2 procurement efforts announced in 2015 and 2020, respectively.

The new acquisition vehicle contains a provision for incumbents and other vendors not selected for the existing contract to participate in a future on-ramp process to propose new launch service offerings.

The VADR awardees are:

  • ABL Space Systems
  • Astra Space
  • Blue Origin
  • L2 Solutions
  • Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC)
  • Phantom Space
  • Relativity Space
  • Rocket Lab
  • Spaceflight
  • SpaceX
  • United Launch Services
  • Virgin Orbit

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