Revamped satellite launch schedule expected soon, Shelton says

The Air Force will soon release the terms of its revised multiple-year approach to purchasing launch services for military and intelligence satellites, Gen. William Shelton, head of the Air Force Space Command, told defense reporters March 22, reports Aviation Week.

Shelton expects a request for proposal in a matter of days, and said the Air Force hopes to make a decision in six months on how many launches it would procure in coming years.

Under pressure to rein in huge cost overruns on satellite programs, the Air Force has shifted its acquisition approach to more multiple purchases at a time, fixed-price contracts, stable-research funding and should-cost reviews, the story said.

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