NASA awards contract to Blue Origin for suborbital flight services

NASA has selected Blue Origin, LLC to integrate and fly technology payloads near the boundary of space on their New Shepard suborbital spacecraft in support of NASA´s flight opportunities program, the company said.

This is the sixth company selected for an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract under the suborbital reusable launch vehicle (sRLV) flight and payload integration services solicitation, which has a combined value not to exceed USD45 million.

The contract with Blue Origin will compete with the other program companies for task orders to deliver payload integration and flight services. All task orders must be initiated within the contract´s three-year performance period. This contract is a continuation of contracts awarded in 2014 and 2015, providing commercial capabilities. The contract allows for ramping on of new vendors and the addition of new flight profiles on at least an annual basis, as determined by the government´s requirements.