Space Systems/Loral (SSL) has been selected as one of the prime contractors to compete for work on the US Air Force’s (USAF) hosted payload solutions (HoPS) contract.
The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) HoPS contract seeks to offer USAF and other US Government agencies with a capability to mount official payloads on commercial spacecraft to help address mission objectives.
With USAF qualification, SSL becomes eligible to compete for commercial firm-fixed price (FFP) studies and future mission delivery orders over the five-year ordering period of the HoPS contract, up to a maximum value of $494.5m.
The company already received two IDIQ contracts from the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) for both geostationary (GEO) and low earth orbit (LEO)/medium earth orbit (MEO) missions that will advance the contracting process, if SSL is selected for future work.
Specifically, the HoPS contract seeks to create a pool of qualified vendors to address the government’s requirements for various hosted payload missions.
The contract work falls into two categories, the first of which covers procurement of hosted payload missions, including a fully-functioning on-orbit hosted payload space and ground system for government-furnished payloads on commercial platforms.
The category will also include related on-orbit support for data transfer from the hosted payload to the government end-user.
Under the second category, the selected companies are required to undertake study activities related to enabling hosted payloads.
Other selected companies include Astrium Services Government, Harris, Millennium Engineering & Integration Company, Surrey Satellite Technology, Orbital Sciences, Boeing, Exoterra Resources, Lockheed Martin, Merging Excellence and Innovation Tech, ViviSat, Intelsat General, SES Government Solutions and Eutelsat America.
SSL also received a contract from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to integrate the flight hardware for payload orbital delivery system (PODs) on its GEO satellite platform.