The Boeing Company has won a $2 million contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory for the reusable booster system flight and ground experiments program. The company will define requirements and design concepts for the program.
“Boeing looks forward to sharing our extensive background in the development of launch systems and reusable space vehicles with the Air Force,” said Steve Johnston, director of Boeing phantom works‘ advanced space exploration division.
“As we create advanced concepts for this next-generation launch system, we’ll have opportunities to apply many lessons learned from our past successes,” he added.
Boeing will begin work immediately on the requirements and concepts for the RBS demonstration vehicle at its Huntington Beach location. According to the firm, the program will enhance space launch capability by providing a reliable, responsive and cost-effective system.
The announcement indicated that under the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract, three teams will compete for a follow-on task order to develop the vehicle and conduct a flight test.