Reportedly, with the extent and growth of commercial markets unsure, launch firms are looking for administrative agencies for stability and funding for the improvement of new vehicles. That level of interest in the administration help in being clear during a panel debate at World Satellite Business Week by Euroconsult, when officials with three American launch firms—such as SpaceX, Blue Origin, and ULA (United Launch Alliance)—discussed what will happen if they did not prevail a main U.S. Air Force launch competition. The three firms, plus Northrop Grumman are all contesting for the NSSL’s (National Security Space Launch) Phase 2 LSP (Launch Service Procurement), having presented proposals a month ago.
The Air Force is anticipated to choose two firms in 2020 to share at least 34 national security liftoffs from 2022–2026 while cutting off any advance funding the losing firms received during Phase 1 of the program. On asking what their “Plan B” is if they lose the competition, the officials presented a range of responses. John Elbon—Chief Operating Officer of ULA—conceded losing the competition will have a “momentous impact” on the company. He said, “The administrative business is an important part of ULA’s business. We would have to appraise what that meant for the prospect of ULA.” He added that evaluation would be completed by Lockheed Martin and Boeing, the two firms that own ULA.
Recently, SpaceX was in news as Elon Musk stated that Starship is getting ready to fly. As per latest reports, SpaceX has registered applications with the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to link communications with the rocket and will soon get permission from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) to change its South Texas launch units so the rocket would be capable of launching from there.