NASA Awards Launch Contracts to Rocket Lab, Firefly & Virgin Galactic

NASA LOGONASA has awarded Venture Class Launch Services (VCLS) contracts worth a total of $17.15 million to three companies:

  • Rocket Lab USA — Frederick, Colo.: $6.95 million
  • Firefly Space Systems — Cedar Park, Texas: $5.5 million
  • Virgin Galactic — Long Beach, Calif.: $4.7 million.

VCLS is a Firm-Fixed Price contract for a dedicated launch service for U-Class satellites with NASA having sole responsibility for the payload on the launch vehicle. NASA Launch Services Program (LSP) supports the CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) by providing launch opportunities for CubeSats that are currently on the manifest back log.

NASA will host a news conference at 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to announce the outcome of the Venture Class Launch Service (VCLS) competition. The news conference will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.