Blue Origin wins contract to power top secret Air Force space missions

Origin founder Jeff Bezos addresses the media about the New Shepard rocket booster and Crew Capsule mockup at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs

Centennial, Colorado-based United Launch Services received US$967 million to develop its Vulcan rocket; Kent, Washington-based Blue Origin was awarded US$500 million to build its New Glenn booster, and Northrop Grumman of Arizona received US$791.6 million for its OmegA rocket.

The three contracts are part of a Department of Defense initiative to assure constant military access to space and curb reliance on foreign-made rocket engines, like ULA's flagship Atlas V rocket that uses Russian-made RD-180 boosters. With major propulsion and structural elements of OmegA already complete, Northrop Grumman is on schedule to complete propulsion system ground tests in 2019 and conduct its first launch in 2021. "The funding provided through this agreement will be used to tailor our launch vehicle and associated facilities for national security space needs".

The contracts went to the United Launch Alliance (ULA), the joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Blue Origin.

uAn artist's impression of a United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket blasting off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The service's goal is to move away from use of Russian-made RD-180 engines. The company will also be providing the engines to power the first stage of ULA's Vulcan Centaur rocket.

Holder, Roach return to boost West Indies in second India Test
He batted mainly at No. 4, but did not make own the position India have been seeking to fill ahead of the 2019 World Cup. In their place are Mohammed Shami , Khaleel Ahmed and Shardul Thakur form India's bowling department.

Awarded under the U.S. government's Launch Service Agreement, these contract form part of the USA government's attempts to reduce reliance on Russian rockets for launches that are of national importance from a security standpoint.

The U.S. Air Force is putting its money in three rockets.

"The LSA partnership enables rapid buildout of NSS-unique New Glenn infrastructure such as vertical payload integration capability and a launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base as well as completion of NSS certification activities".

The company also offers a heavy lift three-core Falcon Heavy and is developing a huge new rocket known as the BFR to eventually carry passengers to the moon and Mars.

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