July 16, 2012
NewSpace Watch
July 16, 2012

SpaceX wins a contract to launch in December 2014 NOAA’s Jason-3 satellite, which is an “ocean altimetry mission designed to measure precisely sea surface height to monitor ocean circulation and sea level”: NASA Selects Launch Services Contract for Jason-3 Mission.

The $82M covers “the task ordered launch service for the Falcon 9 v1.0, plus additional services under other contracts for payload processing, launch vehicle integration, mission-unique launch site ground support and tracking, data and telemetry services. NASA is the procurement agent for NOAA.”

United Launch Alliance gets three orders for Delta II launches in 2014 and 2016 for “Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP), Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) and Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) spacecraft”: NASA Selects Launch Services Contract for Three Missions – NASA.

The $412M contract covers the three launches and similar additional services.

Space News reports on the announcements: NASA Taps ULA SpaceX for Earth Science Launches – SpaceNews.com

NASA Earth Science officials have said that they are willing to pay a premium price for launch reliability to avoid losing any more payloads. Back-to-back failures of Orbital Sciences Corp.

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