Blue Origin will build the New Glenn launch vehicle under a potential $500M contract. What would further add to the sting for Elon Musk's company, is the fact that the DOD will be selecting two of these three companies to become official launch providers for the U.S. government.
The three contracts are part of a Department of Defence initiative to assure constant military access to space and curb reliance on foreign-made rocket engines, like ULA's flagship Atlas V rocket that uses Russian-made RD-180 boosters. The Atlas uses RD-180 engines made in Russian Federation. With major propulsion and structural elements of OmegA already complete, Northrop Grumman is on schedule to complete propulsion system ground tests in 2019 and conduct its first launch in 2021. Each company will receive an initial award of $181 million.
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said the program "is a great example of how we are fielding tomorrow's Air Force faster and smarter".
Following Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, Congress mandated through the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act - as well as succeeding NDAAs - that the EELV program function as the transition from RD-180 engines to American-made launch solutions. SpaceX recently announced plans to launch a Japanese billionaire and a half-dozen artists on a flight around the moon. Officials said its replacement should be ready by the 2023 timeframe.
Interestingly, current launch provider SpaceX was not on the list.
The latest contracts are Other Transaction agreements, known as OTs.
The Air Force said it would not discuss which companies submitted bids for the funding agreements.
Awarded under the U.S. government's Launch Service Agreement, these contract form part of the USA government's attempts to reduce reliance on Russian rockets for launches that are of national importance from a security standpoint.
Sanctions, trade tariffs and the threat of more had led US-Turkey relations to nosedive - and with them, the Turkish lira . Brunson flew out from Izmir's global airport on late Saturday evening, hours after a local court ordered his release.
The US dollar has strengthened against a range of currencies this year as American interest rates have risen. Commenting on this week's plunge in stock markets, Mnuchin called it a "natural correction", CNBC reported.
Superman and America deserve better than these two preening jagholes. "I love this guy", West declared in the Oval Office. During the course of the conversation, 'Ye claimed that racism was just a tool liberals use to control Black people.
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Melania tries her hardest to tune out the negativity, but of course, it gets to her sometimes... "I'm against any kind of abuse". His confirmation would give the USA president a clear win in his drive to cement conservative dominance of the high court.
She and her husband, Adam, pictured below, leave behind two young daughters, Archer, 4, and Elle, 16 months. All 18 people in the limo, including the driver, were killed. "Their lives were just cut short too soon".
Rainfall is expected to reach up to 10cm and could cause flooding, as well as making driving conditions hard for those affected. Pembrokeshire County Council is also warning residents to be aware of the potential for danger and disruption.
The Nasdaq composite , which has a high concentration of technology companies, had its biggest loss in more than two years. US crude dropped 3 percent while Brent crude, the worldwide standard, dropped 3.4 percent.
The criminal aliens to whom Trump referred include, as he said, "thousands of vicious gang members" and " MS 13 predators". Advisers had also cautioned Trump against doing anything dramatic in the weeks before the midterm elections next month.
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Kim Jong Un invites Pope Francis to North Korea
Still, the lifting of the 2010 sanctions could offer at least some tangible benefits to the North. The May 24 measures include the South blocking North Korea's access to the Jeju Straight.
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But Haley, the first female governor of SC , has often been an unpredictable and independent force in the Trump administration. Haley stayed coy on her reasons for quitting, saying only that it was "important to understand when it's time to stand aside".
Germany arrests man for Bulgarian journalist's murder
Victoria Marinova was found murdered in a park in Ruse, a town on the Danube on the country's northern border, on Saturday. Caruana Galizia was killed in a vehicle bombing in October in Malta and Jan Kuciak was murdered in Slovakia in February.
Officials warn about viral Facebook message hoax
A spokesperson told the Sun : "We've heard that some people are seeing posts or messages about accounts being cloned on Facebook". Facebook says there has been no known uptick in cloned accounts this week, when the messages started circulating, WSYR reported .