SpaceX Wins $ 150 Million Contract to Launch Space Development Agency Satellites

SpaceX will launch the Space Development Agency’s satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The agency estimates that they will be ready to launch by the end of 2022.

WASHINGTON – SpaceX has been awarded a $ 150.4 million contract to launch up to 28 satellites for the Pentagon space agency, the Department of Defense announced on December 31.

The contract consists of launching a mix of small and medium spacecraft of different sizes that the Space Development Agency acquires from several suppliers. This includes 20 data relay satellites known as the transport layer and the other eight are missile warning satellites known as the tracking layer.

SpaceX will launch these satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The Space Development Agency requested submissions on October 6, and responses were expected on November 9. The agency estimates that the satellites will be ready for launch by the end of 2022.

The manifesto will be divided into two planes of 14 spacecraft each in two circular quasi-polar orbits at an altitude of 950 kilometers, according to the call for proposals.

The agency said it would select a “best-value-for-money” supplier based on several criteria such as price, timing and past performance.

Separately, SpaceX won a contract with a space development agency in October to produce four Tracking Layer satellites, but work is on hold due to a protest by competing bidders that has yet to be resolved.