U.S. Air Force adoption of a streamlined process to buy piggyback rides for government payloads on commercial spacecraft should go a long way toward accelerating the nascent hosted-payload industry, which has languished after a faltering start. The USAF Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts worth as much as $494.9 million each over five years to 14 companies it judges able to put military and civil payloads on commercial ...

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