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SMC Awards First-of-its-Kind Hosted Payload Solutions Contract

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The U.S. Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, or SMC, awarded an indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract under the Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) program July 10.

The multiple-award HoPS IDIQ contract provides a rapid and flexible means for the government to acquire commercial hosting capabilities for government payloads.

"Hosted Payloads provide resilient, affordable military space capabilities in an increasingly contested, congested and competitive space environment during a time of austere budgets," said General William Shelton, Commander of Air Force Space Command.

The award of the HoPS contracts created a pool of qualified vendors and provides flexibility for up to six hosted payloads. There were two categories for competition, geosynchronous orbit, or GEO, and medium-earth orbit/low-earth orbit, or MEO/LEO.

SMC will also award the IDIQ contract's first competitive delivery order for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) mission study. From the newly formed competitive pool, up to four GEO lane contract holders will be awarded study contracts to examine the feasibility of accommodating the TEMPO instrument as a hosted payload.

"We're looking at every constellation with resiliency and affordability in mind--considering every concept we can think of to include hosted payloads, disaggregated capabilities and commercial services," said General Shelton.

According to General Shelton, the Air Force will use hosted payloads if it is architecturally feasible to lower cost and still deliver the capability. Hosted payloads can increase the Government's access to space and add resilience to U.S. military space systems through disaggregation, while reducing cost and improving schedule.