Oct 14 2015

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VCLS winners announced

NASA Awards Venture Class Launch Services Contracts for CubeSat Satellites. Well, darn. I was thinking of live-blogging the NASA press conference on the VCLS, but no need to do that if we already know who the winners are:

  • Firefly Space Systems Inc. of Cedar Park, Texas, $5.5 million
  • Rocket Lab USA Inc. of Los Angeles, $6.9 million
  • Virgin Galactic LLC of Long Beach, California, $4.7 million

Glad to see that Firefly made the cut, and I’m surprised that Rocket Labs did (though pleased with that, as well).

Perhaps the availability of these launch services will broaden the market for small sats even further than it is today.


Update — more related articles (15 Oct). At least I beat these guys in reporting this:

Geez — I get the feeling that the VCLS announcement was the only news happening yesterday.

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