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Space Force awards engineering contract for certification of ULA’s Vulcan rocket

23 Feb 2021, 16:01 UTC
Space Force awards engineering contract for certification of ULA’s Vulcan rocket
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WASHINGTON — Millennium Engineering and Integration received a $13.2 million award from the U.S. Space Force on Feb. 19 for services in support of the certification of United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan rocket.
MEI in 2018 won an estimated $55 million contract for engineering services related to the certification of two newly developed launch vehicles — ULA’s Vulcan and Northrop Grumman’s OmegA. The latter was terminated last year after failing to win a National Security Space Launch procurement contract.
The $13.2 million award is for “continued systems engineering and integration services for Vulcan launch system certification,” Col. Robert Bongiovi, director of the Space and Missile Systems Center Launch Enterprise, said in a statement.
MEI, Aerospace Corp. and SAIC are the primary contractors that work for SMC’s Launch Enterprise on new launch service provider entrant certification.
The latest task order awarded to MEI would support certification of Vulcan including the new BE4 engine provided by Blue Origin.
ULA announced this week that it has begun testing Vulcan’s core stage at the launch site at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The pathfinder tanking test booster was fitted with a pair of developmental BE4 engines as ULA awaits delivery of two flight configuration engines.

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