Air Force releases request for launch proposals

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Capitalism in space: The Air Force has released a new request for proposals for providing launch services after 2022.

The Air Force has released a request for proposal for its next iteration of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, known as EELV, to be used on space lift such as the Atlas V, Delta IV, and Falcon 9 rocket systems. The service said Thursday it plans to award “at least three agreements” for prototype development as part of its Launch Services Agreement strategy.

The news comes amid the Air Force’s attempt to move away from its use of Russian-made RD-180 engines.

Though I doubt Blue Origin will have launched enough to get certified by the Air Force when the contracts are awarded in 2020, expect them to demand a pie of the action soon thereafter.



  • wodun

    The article is a little unclear but they use the word prototype, so would participants be designing new launchers? Would BO enter their own rocket or just sell engines to others?

    With all of the recent advancements, it will be cool to see what companies come up with.

  • mpthompson

    I wonder what the Air Force thinks of the SpaceX’s BFR. It seems the military would likely be the first customer who could take advantage of the payload capacity promised by such a rocket.

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