John Hyten: Air Force Plans Satellite Launch Contract Changes to Encourage Competition

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Gen. John Hyten
Gen. John Hyten
Gen. John Hyten

Gen. John Hyten, commander of Air Force Space Command, told a House subcommittee Wednesday that the military service needs to revamp an existing launch capability agreement in order to give companies a fair chance to compete, Reuters reported Wednesday.

Andrea Shalal writes Hyten said the Air Force acquisition officials are looking to discontinue an infrastructure support contract, held by BoeingLockheed Martin joint venture United Launch Alliance, due to market conditions.

“I don’t think you can have a fair competition with that contract in place,” he told members of the House Armed Services Committee’s strategic forces subcommittee.

“There’ll have to be a change,” he added, according to Reuters.

ULA President Tory Bruno told the publication last week that his company is developing a new pricing strategy for its launch service offerings.

SpaceX could receive certification from the Air Force by June for the company to help launch military satellites with its Falcon 9 rocket, Shalal said.