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US Air Force Cut Blue Origin and Northrop Rocket Development Funding

•, by Brian Wang

The Launch Service Agreement contracts were to help Phase 2 competitors pay for launch vehicle development and infrastructure. Blue Origin received $500 million; Northrop Grumman $792 million and ULA $967 million. The funds were to be spread out through 2024. The Air Force from the beginning said the LSAs would be terminated with those companies that did not win a Phase 2 procurement contract.

SpaceX and ULA were the only companies with phase 2 missions awards on August 7, 2020.

SpaceX got a $316 million contract to launch USSF-67, a mission scheduled for late in 2022. ULA got a $337 million contract to launch two missions — USSF-51 and USSF-106 which are also in 2022.