Boeing Wins ALASA Contract

Credit: DARPA
Credit: DARPA

DARPA has awarded Boeing a contract worth up to $104.7 million for the Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) program, which aims at placing a 100-lb. (45-kg) satellite into low Earth orbit for $1 million.

The base value of the contract is $30,673,934, with a first option valued at $72,044,948 and a second option valued at $2,032,857, according to a notice on the General Services Administration website. The contract was awarded on Friday.
ALASA’s goal is to allow the military to launch satellites anywhere in the world on relatively short notice in order to respond quickly to crises.
In 2012, DARPA awarded the following contracts for initial work on ALASA:

Launch System Design and Development Concepts

  • Lockheed Martin Corp., Palmdale, Calif.: $6.2 million
  • Boeing, Huntington Beach, Calif., $4.5 million
  • Virgin Galactic, Las Cruces, N.M.

Enabling Technologies

  • Northrup Grumman, El Segundo, Calif., $2.3 million
  • Space Information Laboratories LLC, Santa Maria, Calif., $1.9 million
  • Ventions LLC, San Francisco, Calif., $969,396