October 20, 2021

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Space Force awards ULA, SpaceX contracts for four national security missions[

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ULA received $224. 2 million for two missions named USSF-112 and USSF-87.  SpaceX got $159.7 million for USSF-36 and NROL-69.
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Space Force awarded United Launch Alliance and SpaceX contracts for four National Security Space Launch Phase 2 missions scheduled for 2023, the Pentagon announced March 9.

ULA received $224. 2 million for two missions named USSF-112 and USSF-87.  SpaceX got $159.7 million for USSF-36 and NROL-69.

ULA and SpaceX were selected in August as the two launch providers for Phase 2 of the National Security Space Launch program. ULA won 60% and SpaceX 40% of the estimated 30 to 35 launches projected between 2022 and 2027. The contracts are fixed-price and awarded on a yearly basis based on demand. NSSL launches include Defense Department and National Reconnaissance Office missions.

The Space Force in August awarded the first three missions of Phase 2 scheduled to launch in 2022.

ULA got $337 million to launch two missions and SpaceX received $316 million contract for one mission. SpaceX explained the large price tag included expenses for infrastructure and development of technologies required for national security launches. 

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