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Lt. Gen. John Thompson on Phase 2 National Security Space Launch Competition

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Jeff Brody
John Thompson

Lt. Gen. John Thompson, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, said the service branch is in the process of assessing plans that were submitted in response to a solicitation for the second phase of the National Security Space Launch program, Bloomberg reported Monday.

Thompson said the vendors competing for NSSL phase 2 have proposed rockets with “viable technologies” and are “on track to meet our requirements.”

Northrop Grumman, SpaceX, United Launch Alliance and Blue Origin are the four companies vying for a program to launch national security payloads through 2027. The service branch plans to select two launch service providers by mid-June.

Thompson stated that the military branch is examining the use of reusable rocket boosters. “So reusabilility is just one way to change the return-on-investment for the vendor and be able to price a little bit differently in a competition," he said.