SpaceX, ULA Get Air Force Contracts To Launch Up To Five Spacecraft

SpaceX and United Launch Alliance (ULA) will launch up to five spacecraft for the U.S. Air Force under contract awards announced late March 14.

SpaceX received a contract valued at up to $290.6 million to launch up to three Global Positioning System (GPS) III satellites, the Pentagon said.

ULA's $354.8 million contract calls for placing Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) missions 8 and 12 into orbit. AFSPC-8 consists of two identical Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program satellites, and AFSPC-12 consists of the Wide Field of View Testbed and a secondary payload adapter.

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