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DENVER, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin reports it has received a U.S. Air Force contract to support the demonstration program for the Reusable Booster System.
The five-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a value of as much as $250 million. The first task order under it is worth $2 million.
"We are very pleased to be selected by the Air Force to support them on the Reusable Booster System program," said John Karas, Lockheed Martin Space System's vice president and general manager of Human Space Flight.
"The innovative technologies and capabilities that RBS will provide are vital to meeting the needs of the Air Force and the nation for more affordable, responsive spacelift in the future."
The RBS is a next-generation launch vehicle being developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center.
RBS Pathfinder, the demonstration vehicle that will be launched in 2015, is a reusable, winged, rocket-powered test vehicle that will showcase the "rocketback" maneuver capabilities of the RBS and validate system requirements.
Lockheed Martin's development team includes Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. of Denver and Lockheed Martin Skunk Works operations in Palmdale, Calif., and Fort Worth, Texas.
Also participating are Science and Technology Applications LLC; UP Aerospace; and JFA Avionics Systems.