Rocket Lab confirms it won Space Force defense contract worth over half a billion • Long Beach Business Journal | Space

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Rocket Lab confirmed on Monday recent speculation that its newly secured $515 million contract to build and operate more than a dozen satellites for the U.S. government was in fact with the Space Development Agency — an arm of Space Force — as part of a military defense constellation.

During a conference call, the Long Beach-based space launch provider and satellite manufacturer officially announced it would build and operate 18 satellites for the military agency as part of the Space Development Agency’s network of satellites in low-Earth orbit known as Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture.

“It’s exciting to now be delivering this capability for government and commercial customers alike,” Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck said in a statement. “SDA’s acquisition approach favors speed, schedule certainty, and affordability to deliver next-generation space capabilities to the nation. We’ve proven Rocket Lab is capable of delivering this across our launch and spacecraft programs.”

A spokesperson for Rocket Lab declined to say how many jobs a contract like this will add to the company but said, “We currently have around 100 open roles across our US facilities with the biggest concentration of growth focused in Long Beach.”

Earlier this year, following the collapse of Virgin Orbit, Rocket Lab grew its footprint in Long Beach significantly, taking space vacated by the Richard Branson company. The expansion allowed Rocket Lab to move some operations out of its headquarters, freeing up space to expand its satellite development operations.

During the call, the company stressed that it reinvests profits to bring more capabilities in-house to keep costs down for government and commercial contracts, its presentation showed

Adam Spice, chief financial officer for Rocket Lab, said the company has no intention of stopping the current program, noting that there are other opportunities with the SDA as well as other government…

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