Space Newsreports that United Space Alliance has been ordered to stop pursuing new business, signaling the likely end of a Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture whose main task was operating NASA’s now-retired space shuttle fleet.
The Houston-based company, formed in 1995, has a contract with NASA to complete close-out of the shuttle program that expires at the end of September. Although the article does not say definitively that the company will be shutting down, that is the belief of several sources quoted.
Based on the article, Boeing and Lockheed Martin will compete against each other for future operations contracts rather than competing through USA.
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL (USA PR) – NASA has awarded United Space Alliance (USA) a one-year extension to the Space Program Operations Contract (SPOC) to continue providing ground operations support at Kennedy Space Center through Sept. 30, 2012. The total value of the contract is $49.4 million.
“Maintaining and enhancing the launch capabilities at the Kennedy Space Center are critical to helping NASA prepare for the next phase of human spaceflight,” said Mark Nappi, USA’s Vice President of Aerospace Services. “This contract takes advantage of a workforce that has decades of experience in space operations – experience that USA is working to apply to multiple government and commercial customers.”
Washington, D.C., Thursday, September 22, 2011 – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce that three companies providing services to the commercial spaceflight industry have joined the Federation as Associate Members: United Space Alliance, David Clark Company, and Moon Express.
John Gedmark, Executive Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, stated, “We are excited to welcome these three new Associate Members to the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Each of these companies brings unique expertise and knowledge to advance commercial spaceflight.” (more…)
NASA is considering a plan to keep the space shuttle Endeavour in flight-like condition after its last scheduled mission, a move that could lead to its transformation into a privatized spaceship rather than a museum piece.
Layoffs began last week at key NASA centers and contractors as a result of multiple factors. Some related to the wind down of the space shuttle program. Others resulted from Congressional action that will transition the space agency away from the Constellation program. A smaller number involved NASA budget reductions to one center.
Live At KSC: USA Announces Freeze On Raises Florida Today
NASA’s prime shuttle fleet operator is freezing merit raises for all 8,903 employees in 2010, a move being made to protect current jobs and increase the company’s ability to win new business as its largest contract is winding toward an end. (more…)
For the first time in more than a quarter-century, a new space vehicle will begin stacking on a mobile launch platform (MLP) at Kennedy Space Center, thanks to the hard work and dedication of an experienced team of employees from NASA and contractors United Space Alliance (USA) and Alliant Techsystems [NYSE: ATK].
United Space Alliance has assembled a team of experienced, innovative experts in space operations to support the Kennedy Space Centerâ€™s mission to maintain the leading edge in space vehicle and payload processing, integration, launch and recovery operations.
United Space Alliance has assembled a team of experienced, innovative experts in space operations to support the Kennedy Space Center’s mission to maintain the leading edge in space vehicle and payload processing, integration, launch and recovery operations.
Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK – News) announced that it awarded United Space Alliance (USA) a $257 Million contract to perform subcontractor support to ATK for the NASA’s Ares I and Ares 1-X programs through the Design, Development, Test and Engineering (DDT&E) phase. The contract includes engineering, deceleration system development and technical KSC operations support for Stage I activities.
NASA has presented its premier honor for quality and performance, the George M. Low Award, to three companies that share a commitment to teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety, and customer service.