The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the U.S. Air Force’s plan to help stabilize the launch industrial base for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) could commit the service to buying more core boost vehicles than needed, perhaps at a higher-than-necessary cost. One proposal would commit to a block buy of eight common booster cores each year for five years. But NASA’s program decisions later this year could affect pricing, the report says, and the Defense ...


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