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USAF Awards Hosted Payload Contracts to 14 Companies

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
July 12, 2014
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USAF_Space_Missile_Systems_CenterThe U.S. Air Force has awarded contracts worth a maximum of $494.9 million each to 14 companies under its Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) program.

‘The purpose of the multiple awarded HoPS IDIQ [indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity] contract is to provide a rapid and flexible means for the government to acquire commercial hosting capabilities for government payloads,” according to the contract announcement. “The contract is designed to create a pool of qualified vendors to meet the government’s needs for various hosted payload missions.”

The 14 companies include:

  • Astrium Services Government, Inc., Rockville, Maryland
  • The Boeing Co., El Segundo, California
  • Eutelsat America Corp., Washington, District of Columbia
  • Exoterra Resources, Littleton, Colorado
  • Harris Corp. Government Communications Systems Business Unit, Palm Bay, Florida
  • Intelsat General Corp., Bethesda, Maryland
  • Lockheed Martin Corp., Littleton, Colorado
  • Merging Excellence and Innovation Tech, Inc., Houston, Texas
  • Millennium Engineering & Integration Company, Arlington, Virginia
  • Orbital Sciences Corp., Dulles, Virginia
  • SES Government Solutions, McLean, Virginia
  • Space Systems/Loral, LLC, Palo Alto, California
  • Surrey Satellite Technology, Englewood, Colorado
  • ViviSat, LLC, Beltsville, Maryland

“The contract has a five-year ordering period from the date of award,” the contract announcement states. “Work will be performed predominantly at the contractors’ locations mentioned above, and is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2029.”

3 responses to “USAF Awards Hosted Payload Contracts to 14 Companies”

  1. windbourne says:

    Why is SpaceX not in this?

  2. Michael Vaicaitis says:

    The idea is to put government payloads on a host commercial satellite – these are satellite manufacturers, not launch services.

    Can’t wait till 2029 to see if all went well.

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