Space and Missile Systems Center releases Orbital Services Program(OSP)-4 solicitationBy SMC Public Affairs, Space and Missile Systems Center / Published August 14, 2019LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE – EL SEGUNDO, Calif. --The U.S. Air Force’s Rocket Systems Launch Program Office, part of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise, released a solicitation for the Orbital Services Program-4 Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract today.“The OSP-4 contract will build on our Rocket Systems Launch Program’s legacy of success dating back to the early 1960’s by supporting Department of Defense and U.S. government agencies’ small launch efforts for the next nine years,” said Col. Rob Bongiovi, director of SMC’s Launch Enterprise. “In today’s contested space domain, contracts must be flexible and responsive to meet the challenges facing the warfighter. The program balances technology, mission risk, and schedule while leveraging rapidly evolving market forces to cultivate a resilient and affordable launch capability for U.S. government needs,” said Bongiovi.OSP-4 is a follow-on to the OSP-3 contract that is set to expire in November. OSP-4 will allow for the rapid acquisition of launch services to meet mission requirements enabling launch within 12-24 months from task order award on a competitive basis. It is designed to accommodate payloads greater than 400 lbs. The Air Force projects to procure about 20 missions over the nine year period.“The OSP-3 contract was very successful and served the Launch Enterprise well with five awarded missions. For example, we partnered with NOAA, NASA, and academia to launch 24 satellites using SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Rose, chief of the Small Launch and Targets Division at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. “This mission demonstrated innovations, like reusability, from new entrants that could drive down the cost and enhance reliability of National Security Space launch. And later this year Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems will launch a National Reconnaissance Office payload using a Minotaur launch vehicle. We believe OSP-4 will be equally successful as a showcase for industry innovation and a gateway to even more affordable space launch, because we are able to take more risks, more quickly to produce high rewards for the Launch Enterprise,” said Rose.Proposals are due by Aug. 29, 2019. The Air Force intends to award an IDIQ contract to multiple awardees by the end of the year with an opportunity to on-ramp new providers in future years.Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California, is the U.S. Air Force's center of excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems. SMC’s portfolio includes space launch, global positioning, military space vehicle communications, defense meteorological space vehicles, range systems, space vehicle control networks, space-based infrared systems, and space situational awareness capabilities.
SpaceX, Xbow Launch Systems, Northrop Grumman, Firefly Aerospace, United Launch Alliance, Aevum, Vox Space and Rocket Lab have been selected to provide launch services in the Orbital Services Program-4
https://spacenews.com/air-force-selects-eight-launch-providers-to-compete-for-986-million-worth-of-orders/8 companies have been chosen to compete.Does anyone knows about Xbow Launch Systems and Vox Space? Never heard of these two companies.
A Hawai‘i launch facility would be an ideal home base of operations for the X-Bow commerciallaunch vehicle, a rocket technology based on the LEONIDAS program conceived and managed bythe Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory at the University of Hawai‘i.
OSP-4 is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for rapid acquisition of launch services. Vendors compete for individual orders, and have to be able to launch payloads larger than 400 pounds to any orbit within 12 to 24 months from contract award.
There are now 11 vendors in the program that will compete for 20 missions over the next nine years. OSP-4 is authorized up to $986 million for launch contracts over that period.
The U.S. Space Force previously awarded two contracts on OSP-4 with the Space Test Program-S28 mission to VOX Space and Tactically Responsive Launch-2 mission to Northrop Grumman.SMC’s Launch Enterprise expects to award the next task order in support of the Space Test Program’s USSF-46S mission later this summer.
Astra, a small satellite launch company based in Alameda, California, was awarded the contract under the U.S. Space Force’s Orbital Services Program OSP-4, the Space Systems Command announced April 21.The OSP-4 program is run by the Space Systems Command’s Small Launch and Targets Division at Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico.