United Launch Services LLC Contract Details



Defense contract under the Air Force awarded to United Launch Services LLC on 2/29/2016.

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Contractor: United Launch Services LLC
Department: Air Force
Awarded: 2/29/2016


United Launch Services LLC, a majority owned subsidiary of United Launch Alliance, Centennial, Colorado, has been awarded a $46,629,267 other transaction agreement for the development of the Vulcan BE-4 and Advanced Cryogenic Evolved Stage (ACES) rocket propulsion system prototypes for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. This agreement implements Section 1604 of the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, which requires the development of a next-generation rocket propulsion system that will transition away from the use of the Russian supplied RD-180 engine to a domestic alternative for National Security Space launches. Another transaction agreement was used in lieu of a standard procurement contract in order to leverage ongoing investment by industry in rocket propulsion systems. This other transaction agreement requires shared cost investment with United Launch Services for the development of prototypes of the Vulcan BE-4 rocket propulsion system, which is a booster stage engine, and the ACES rocket propulsion system, which is an upper stage engine. The Vulcan BE-4 award is for $45,820,515, or 98.3 percent of the total awarded amount. The ACES award is for $808,752, or 1.7 percent of the total awarded amount. Both of these rocket propulsion systems are intended for use on United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan launch vehicle. The locations of performance are Denver, Colorado; Decatur, Alabama; Kent, Washington; Midland, Texas; Jupiter, Florida; and Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. The work is expected to be completed no later than Dec. 31, 2019. Air Force fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $26,344,603 are being obligated at the time of award. United Launch Services is contributing $40,828,213 at the time of award. The total potential government investment, including all options, is $201,655,584. The total potential investment by United Launch Services, including all options, is $134,196,971. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with multiple offers received. The Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California is the contracting activity (FA8811-16-9-0004).


Total Contract Value: $46,629,267


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