Tournear: SDA’s NSSL launches will cost marginally more than commercial alternative

By Courtney Albon / August 24, 2021 at 6:48 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The Space Development Agency’s recent decision to use the National Security Space Launch Phase 2 contract to carry Tranche 1 satellites will only cost marginally more than working with a commercial provider due to efforts from the Space Systems Center’s NSSL program office. SDA Director Derek Tournear told reporters today at the Space Symposium that the Defense Department “essentially” directed him to use the NSSL contract for Tranche 1 launches after the agency used a commercial...

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