USAF PR & FBO NOTICE — LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — The Space and Missile Systems Center here announced Nov. 7 the publication of a guide that will allow commercial launch providers to compete for future launch service opportunities.
Formally called the United States Air Force Launch Services New Entrant Certification Guide (NECG), the document lays out the approach the Air Force will use to certify commercial launch companies to provide launch services for Department of Defense National Security Space missions.
SMC will hold an Industry Day to discuss the NECG on:
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011
Gordon Conference Center (GCC), Area 2, Building 270, 1st floor
200 North Douglas Street
El Segundo, CA 90245-2808
We will hold group general sessions from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM to present overview information about the NECG. Contractors may request optional thirty minute breakout Q&A sessions to further discuss the topic of the day, which will begin at 2:00 PM between company and government representatives.
The intent of this event is to provide an overview and answer questions regarding the NECG. The Guide provides a risk-based approach that SMC will use to certify the capability of New Entrant launch companies to provide launch services for Department of Defense (DoD) National Security Space (NSS) missions on EELV-class launch vehicles.
“The Air Force is committed to facilitating opportunities for multiple domestic EELV-class launch providers as soon as feasible,” said Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, SMC commander. “This guide provides a clear path to certification for new U.S. commercial space transportation capabilities that demonstrate the ability to reliably launch our nation’s one-of-a-kind national security satellites.”
Release of the Air Force certification guide follows the recent approval of the New Entrant Certification Strategy co-signed by the U.S. Air Force, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Although the strategy framework is common to the three agencies, each agency determines its own mission-unique requirements. The Air Force developed the New Entrant Certification Guide to implement its unique requirements.
For complete information about the Industry Day, please visit https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=6159d0e6915a8463867ae7053f90a2c7&tab=core&_cview=0