Vector Signs Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with U.S. Air Force

TUCSON, Ariz. (Vector PR)  – Vector today announced it has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the United States Air Force Space Command and Missile Systems Center’s Space Superiority Directorate. In addition to its nearly three-year partnership with Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the CRADA with the Air Force highlights Vector’s continued efforts to develop critical technologies with the U.S Department of Defense.

Located at the Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo Calif., the Space Missile Systems Center will engage in collaborative research and development activities relating to Vector’s launch services and the Air Force’s technology and mission needs. The CRADA is effective for one year and includes provisions for protecting information by both the Air Force and Vector.

Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), a subordinate unit of Air Force Space Command, is the center of technical excellence for developing, acquiring, fielding and sustaining military space systems. SMC’s mission is to deliver resilient and affordable space capabilities. The center is responsible for on-orbit check-out, testing, sustainment and maintenance of military satellite constellations and other Department of Defense space systems.

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  • What in the world can Vector offer the Air Force Space Command? Clearly, the three-year Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency project has been one-sided since Vector has still to launch anything more than an amateur rocket. One can assume that someday Vector will catch-up with Rocket Lab, the Chinese, Japanese, Indians, etc. but the implication that they are leaders in the field is highly suspect. Just another Press Release event rather than a documented orbital event.

  • envy

    They are sharing technology. I don’t think Vector gets any funding from DARPA or USAF.

    Both DARPA and USAF want in on any new orbital launch technology development happening in the US.

  • duheagle

    Indeed. Three years after its founding a little garage-shop outfit called SpaceX got a piddly little launch contract for a few million bucks from DARPA when it had never launched anything either. Hard to blame Space Command for hoping some early stroking might make lightning strike again.

  • There’s no evidence of lightning in Vector’s bottle.

  • duheagle

    A lot of people thought the same about SpaceX in 2005. I think Vector has about a year to put some points on the board or it’s likely to be a casualty.

  • patb2009

    Let’s see…