Air Force print news (Dec. 11, 2003): officials announce EELV contract award.
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AFPN American Forces Philippines Network (former AFRTS network in the Philippine Islands ) -- Air Force officials announced Dec. 10 a contract award to Lockheed Martin International Launch Services International Launch Services (or ILS) was formed in 1995 as a private spaceflight partnership between the United States defense contractor Lockheed Martin (LM) (LM sold their part later) and the Russian firms Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center and RSC for the purchase of one Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle The Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program was a United States government, primarily a Department of Defense–sponsored effort to develop at least one family of space launch vehicles, that would meet the long term needs of the military and fulfill commercial (EELV). The vehicle will launch a National Reconnaissance Office Noun 1. National Reconnaissance Office - an intelligence agency in the United States Department of Defense that designs and builds and operates space reconnaissance systems to detect trouble spots worldwide and to monitor arms control agreements and environmental payload from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station The Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) is the East Coast space launch facility of the United States Department of Defense. Located on Cape Canaveral in the State of Florida, it depends on Patrick Air Force Base, home of the 45th Space Wing. CCAFS is adjacent to the John F. , Fla., in 2006.
This was a sole-source contract award to Lockheed Martin, officials said. The Boeing Company was ineligible to compete. Three Boeing integrated defense business units are currently under suspension from competing for government launch contracts.
"This (EELV) will launch a critical national security space capability that will provide information this nation's leaders and warfighters so critically need," said Peter B. Teets. He is the undersecretary of the Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office director.
The Lockheed Martin Atlas V and Boeing Delta IV are the two families of EELVs developed with the Air Force to modernize and reduce the cost of the nation's space-lift operations while providing the United States with assured access to space, officials said.