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USAF FAR 12 contract to Orbital ATK for ORS-5 draws concern

31 October 2017

Key Points

  • A space industry CEO has expressed concern about a USAF FAR 12 contract to Orbital ATK for the air force's ORS-5 mission
  • FAR 12 is for commercial items, while ORS-5 was launched on an excess ICBM motor rocket

A leading US space executive has expressed concern about a contracting mechanism the US Air Force (USAF) used to for its Operationally Responsive Space-5 (ORS-5) contract with Orbital ATK.

“That launch vehicle being procured for ORS-5 under FAR 12 seems a little unusual to me in my experience,” Vector Space Systems CEO and co-founder Jim Cantrell told Jane’s on 30 October.

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