Space Force expects first space reserve contracts by year end | Space

Col. Rich Kniseley, head of Space Systems Command’s Commercial Space Office. (US Air Force photo by Cherie Cullen)

WASHINGTON — The Space Force’s Commercial Space Office (COMSO) now expects to hold its next industry session on its emerging plans for a space version of the Civil Air Reserve, called the Commercial Augmentation Space Reserve (CASR), in August — in hopes of being able to issue first contracts including provisions by the end of the year, according to the director.

Col. Richard Kniseley told the Washington Space Business Roundtable (WSBR) today that his office is “targeting August to have our next CASR industry session. And before that, we will release a number of documents for industry to review and provide comments on across our mission areas.”

The timeline is slightly faster than Kniseley had anticipated in March, when he told Breaking Defense that he expected to have the next CASR industry engagement in September.

“And I am working my darndest right now to release our very first CASR contracts this year. We have a plan to do it,” he told WSBR.

The CASR concept, initiated by Space Systems Command early last year, would see various commercial providers of space data and services voluntarily sign up to provide the Defense Department authority to either set aside some of their capacity or capabilities, or to override other customers’ access to…


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