Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Competitive Procurement   [open pdf - 12MB]

From the Document: "The EELV [Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle] program is the primary provider of launch vehicles and services for U.S. military and intelligence satellites. EELVs are also used to launch civilian and commercial satellites. The most recent independent cost estimate projects the program will cost about $70 billion through 2030. From 2006 to 2013, the program acquired launch services from a single provider--the United Launch Alliance (ULA)--using a two-contract structure, but had little insight into EELV launch costs. In December 2013, DOD signed a contract modification with ULA, committing the government to buy 35 launch vehicle booster cores over a five-year period, and the associated capability to launch them. The contract modification also covers all activities previously funded by the two-contract structure, and represents significant effort on the part of DOD to negotiate better launch prices through its improved knowledge of contractor costs. In addition to the 35 cores DOD is committed to buy from ULA between fiscal years 2013 and 2017, DOD has set aside up to 14 launches for competition among all certified launch vehicle providers. DOD is currently developing a methodology for comparing launch proposals for the competition, which is expected to begin in fiscal year 2015."

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