Joined: 11/07/2002 14:36:40 Posts: 23838 Location: Hampshire, UK
Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:50 am Post subject: Space X wins second GPS launch contract
Space X has won it's second contract to launch the next generation of GPS satellites beating United Launch Alliance (ULA) to secure the $96m deal.
It's the first time Space X has beaten ULA. As we reported back in August 2016, ULA did not compete for the first contract as its Atlas 5 launcher was not expected to be ready in time. ULA has been the launch partner for 12 of the current GPS satellites so the loss of this contract will be a big blow to the company, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security.
The launch is expected to take place early 2019 and it is likely that they will use their Falcon launch vehicle which has a first stage that can land back on earth for re-use.
Source:spacex.com _________________ Darren Griffin - Editor
You cannot post new topics in this forum You cannot reply to topics in this forum You cannot edit your posts in this forum You cannot delete your posts in this forum You cannot vote in polls in this forum