United Launch Services has been awarded a firm-fixed-price contract for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Delta IV heavy launch services.
This contract, worth around $152 million, provides launch vehicle production services for National Reconnaissance Office Launch Mission One. The U.S. Air Force Space Command’s (AFSPC) Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) located at Los Angeles Air Force Station, California, is the contracting activity.
The contract work will be performed in Centennial, Colorado; and Decatur, Alabama, and the launch will occur in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida; or Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The work is expected to be completed by June 30, 2021.
United Launch Services, LLC (ULS) is a subsidiary of United Launch Alliance, LLC (ULA), a provider of spacecraft launch services to the U.S. government formed as a joint venture between Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security in December 2006. On behalf of ULA, ULS contracts for launch services using the Atlas and Delta launch vehicles.
“We are honored the NRO selected ULA’s Delta IV Heavy rocket for this important national security mission. ULA remains the only launch vehicle provider capable of launching to all the current reference missions to meet the needs of the national security market. We look forward to continuing to provide reliable, on-time launch services as we transform our company to make access to space more affordable,” said Tory Bruno, ULA president and CEO.