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Air Force Evaluates Contractors’ Hosted Payload Submissions

International Space StationThe Air Force has received proposals from several companies who want to build, integrate and host government payloads on commercial satellites, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

Marjorie Censer writes the competition is for a contract vehicle to help government entities procure sensor and electronic packages intended to address space threats.

Andrew Ruszkowski of Herdon, Va.-based satellite operator Xtar told the newspaper that hosted payload initiatives are meant to address cost and operational issues in government space programs.

Censer reports Lockheed Martin described how it could serve as a liaison between agencies and commercial spacecraft operators in its submission.

Mark Valerio, vice president and general manager for Lockheed Martin‘s military space systems business, told the Post contractors are seeking to transmit and disseminate information from space to ground stations.

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