WASHINGTON — As the US Space Force plans a growing number of launches for national security in the coming years, House lawmakers want the service to select a single company to manage launch integration.
In its version of the FY2023 defense policy bill, the House Strategic Armed Forces Subcommittee commended the Space Force for increasing competition within the national security firm for space launches. Still, the service wants to consider choosing a company to act as a joint launch integrator that will manage the missions.
“The committee understands that using a common launch integrator that works across division customers, satellite manufacturers and launch providers can provide tested spacecraft integration processes,” lawmakers wrote in the draft markup released June 7. “The committee believes this approach can be an effective method to reduce costs, shorten launch readiness timelines, and increase competition for launch providers.”