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 ...

SUBSCRIBE TO ACCESS THIS PREMIUM CONTENT

"Operational Hosted Payloads Clear Big Government Hurdle" is part of the new Aviation Week & Space Technology subscription, now available online and in our newly launched mobile app.


Current Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine subscribers: online and mobile access are now included at no added charge to you. To read this full article, use your subscriber email to log in to your account (or contact us for assistance in updating your account).

Not currently a subscriber? Subscribe NOW to our introductory launch special (up to 40% off regular rates), available exclusively at Aviationweek.com. Simply click below to choose your preferred option to receive immediate online and mobile access.
 

Already registered? here.