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ULA won’t bid on GPS III launch contract

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Old November 17th 15, 09:05 PM posted to sci.geo.satellite-nav
Sam Wormley[_2_]
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Default ULA won’t bid on GPS III launch contract

ULA wont bid on GPS III launch contract

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) declined Nov. 16 to submit a bid to
launch the first GPS III satellite, leaving the field wide open for
commercial launch service SpaceX, reports Space News.

The first GPS III satellite is expected to launch in 2018.

SpaceX is likely to win the U.S. Air Force launch contract by

Every operational GPS mission has launched on a ULA or heritage
rocket the most recent being the GPS IIF-11, which launched on Oct.

ULA said it did not submit a bid in part because it does not expect
to have an Atlas 5 rocket available for the mission, according to
Space News. Legislation passed by Congress in 2014 requires the Air
force to phase out its use of the Russian-made RD-180 engine that
powers the Atlas 5 rocket used by ULA.


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