Air Force, Lockheed partner on reusable launch system

Lockheed Martin has won an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract potentially worth $250 million over five years to furnish technical support for the Air Force’s Reusable Booster System (RBS), company officials said Dec. 5.

The Air Force Research Laboratory and the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center are developing the RBS as the next generation launch vehicle for future spacelift capabilities, the officials said.

Through a series of task orders focused on flight and ground experiments, the Air Force and Lockheed Martin will develop a flight demonstration vehicle named the RBS Pathfinder that the service plans to launch in 2015.

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