Boeing wins $104M DARPA project to lower satellite launch costs

The Boeing Company has won a $104 million DARPA contract to advance more efficient small satellite launch systems and bring costs down.

The Boeing Company was awarded a $104 million defense contract to advance small satellite launch systems.

The Airborne Launch Assist Space Access project is aimed at developing a significantly less expensive approach to launching satellites compared to current military and U.S. commercial launch costs.

The project has three focus areas:

  • Radically advance launch systems.
  • Develop a complete launch vehicle requiring no recurring maintenance or support.
  • No specific integration to prepare for launch.

The award’s base value is $30.6 million with, two options totaling $74 million, bring the value to more than $104 million.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced the award March 21.