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Orbital ATK offered commercial rideshare in its ORS-5 launch service proposal

06 November 2017

Key Points

  • Orbital ATK offered to fly commercial payloads on its ORS-5 mission
  • Company knew in advance of its licence modification request it wanted to fly one

Orbital ATK’s proposal for the US Air Force’s (USAF's) Operationally Responsive Space-5 (ORS-5) launch service indicated the company would propose commercial rideshare on the August mission, according to a key USAF official.

Colonel Stephen Behm, global space power projection chief in AQS, told Jane’s on 3 November at the Pentagon. Col Behm said although Orbital ATK made the proposal, it was never implemented into any contract, which he said never prohibited, nor allowed, the use of commercial rideshares on ORS-5.

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