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Boeing, ASRC win latest U.S. Air Force rocket technology research contracts

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WASHINGTON — Defense contactor Boeing and engineering services firm Arctic Slope Regional Corp. are the latest companies to win U.S. Air Force research contracts to study rocket technology.

The contracts, announced Jan. 25 on the Federal Business Opportunities website, are part of a broader effort to help end reliance on a Russian rocket engine used for launching national security satellites.

The Air Force will give $6.1 million to Boeing Network & Space Systems and $3.6 million to ASRC to perform rocket technology research not specified in the contract announcement.

The Air Force previously has indicated that initial research efforts would focus on reducing the cost of propulsion components and subsystems through the use of new materials and additive manufacturing.

The Air Force had said it planned to spend up to $35 million on the effort,  spread among six to eight contracts worth $500,000 to $8 million each. So far the service has awarded nine contracts worth a combined $26 million. The Boeing award is the largest announced to date.

Boeing has a long history in rocket development, including the Delta 4 rocket currently used by United Launch Alliance.

Anchorage, Alaska-based ASRC has provided systems engineering and integration support work for the Air Force’s primary launch program.

Source: Space News

Boeing, ASRC win latest U.S. Air Force rocket technology research contracts

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