USAF Explores Turning Eastern Range into Commercial Spaceport Operation

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Range CBA Commercial Engagement
Agency: Department of the Air Force
Office: Air Force Space Command

Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Launch and Range Requirements Division (HQ AFSPC/A5R) intends to hold a public forum to discuss a potential future concept to convert the Eastern Range (in part or whole) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) from an Air Force managed range to an FAA-licensed commercial launch site (i.e., a spaceport).

The concept explores an approach where launch programs (U.S, commercial, civil, and national security space sector launch and test and evaluation (T&E) programs) contract for support services as needed for their missions from an FAA-licensed commercial launch site operator that manages the transportation and utility infrastructure, support services, and range capabilities as a business.  This effort is directed by AFSPC Commander as part of a larger Range Capabilities Based Assessment (CBA).

The Concept paper attached provides a brief summary of the key assumptions, functions, and responsibilities of the spaceport.  HQ AFSPC/A5R, FAA, and local Florida government representatives will provide briefings on the concept and solicit conversation with interested commercial companies.  Of significant interest to HQ AFSPC is commercial industry input into the business strategy and execution of this concept.

HQ AFSPC/A5R will request feedback from commercial industry on their thoughts/opinions on this concept NLT 15 Aug 2013.  Additionally, HQ AFSPC/A5R has set aside opportunities for 15 minutes, one-on-one conversations with interested commercial companies on day 2 of this event.   The following encompass the skillsets needed to support the work defined in the attached concept document: 561210 – Facility Support Services; 541712- R&D physical, Engineering, Life Sciences; 541620 – Environmental Services; 541690 – Safety Consulting services; 541614 – Transportation Mgt Services; 541330    Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services/Engineering Services

These discussions are pre-decisional and the government may elect to take no action.  This notice in no way obligates the government to proceed with an agreement in the future.  If you have any questions please contact Major Andy Peterson, Andrew.Peterson@us.af.mil or William Volz, Volz_William@bah.com

Day 1
Date: July 18, 2013
Time: 0800 – 1700

Day 2
Date: July 19, 2013
Time: 0800 – 1300

Location:
1925 Aerotech Drive
Suite 212
Colorado Springs, CO

Send RSVPs to Mr. Todd Boesdorfer, boesdorfer_todd@bah.com, 719-387-3857.

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