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SpaceX wins its second GPS 3 launch contract

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WASHINGTON — SpaceX beat United Launch Alliance to win a $96.5 million contract to launch a GPS 3 navigation satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in 2019, the U.S. Air Force announced March 14.

The award is SpaceX’s second Air Force launch contract for a GPS 3 satellite but the first for which it faced a competing bid.

ULA elected not to bid on a launch contract the Air Force awarded to SpaceX last April for a 2018 launch of a GPS 3  satellite. That contract was for $82.7 million, about half of what ULA normally charges for an Atlas 5 launch.

Here’s the Air Force’s announcement:

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Hawthorne, California, has been awarded a $96,500,490 firm-fixed-price contract for launch services to deliver a GPS III satellite to its intended orbit. Contractor will provide launch vehicle production, mission integration, launch operations, spaceflight worthiness and mission unique activities for a GPS III mission. Work will be performed at Hawthorne, California; Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida; and McGregor, Texas, and is expected to be complete by April 30, 2019. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with two offers received. Fiscal 2016 space procurement funds in the amount of $96,500,490 are being obligated at the time of award. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity (FA8811-17-C-0005).

Source: Space News

SpaceX wins its second GPS 3 launch contract

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