“Blue Origin’s offer was based on New Glenn’s heavy-lift performance, unprecedented private investment of more than $2.5 billion, and a very competitive single basic launch service price for any mission across the entire ordering period. Both Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman will be able to compete for additional business in the third phase of contract awards, which are expected to be doled out in 2025. SpaceX, which was the only company competing with a rocket already flying, was left out of the development contracts awarded in 2018. Bezos' Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman — along will ULA — all received funds under an earlier round of awards under the military's contracting program called the National Security Space Launch, or NSSL. SpaceX won a task order to launch the USSF-67 mission in the third quarter of calendar year 2022. The only modifications we need are an extended fairing on the Falcon Heavy, and we are going to have to build a vertical integration capability. But that assumed Northrop Grumman would win a Phase 2 award from the Pentagon. John van Oppen, VP, Network, for Ziply Fiber, discusses the benefits only fiber connections can deliver, how open and robust peering impact speed, and what it all means for businesses and families. Building on its recent acquisition of Orbital ATK, the defense contractor designed the OmegA launch vehicle to be profitable with just a handful of launches per year, with an emphasis on capabilities aimed at the U.S. military’s requirements. The contracts for launching such satellites are a core part of the rocket industry's revenue stream. At the time, Musk reportedly acknowledged that SpaceX wrote a poor proposal that “missed the mark.”. SpaceX says that it has been working through an internal appeal process with the Air Force, which ended last month with a rejection of the appeal. “For decades, we have been a trusted partner to safely and securely deliver strategic national security space assets for our nation’s defense and this award shows the continued confidence of our customer in the commitment and dedication of our people to safeguard these missions by reliably launching our country’s most critical and challenging missions,” Bruno said in a statement. Bob Smith, Blue Origin’s CEO, said the company was disappointed the New Glenn was not selected for a Phase 2 launch service procurement contract. We’re allowed to use them. SpaceX claims that the Air Force determined the company had more strengths than ULA, but that SpaceX was deemed the “highest risk” option. Let us know. 8 in global ranking of best universities; computer science among top subjects, Amazon shareholders reject all 11 annual meeting proposals, including employee-backed climate plan, Shareholders reject efforts to rein in Amazon’s sale of facial recognition tech to law enforcement, Microsoft Teams hits 115M users — here’s why Satya Nadella is excited about the platform, Microsoft cruises past expectations for fiscal Q1, revenue up 12% to $37.2B, profits up 30%, Zillow cuts 80 Zillow Offers jobs, adjusting its approach in field offices as it eyes expansion, T-Mobile revamps TVision service with live sports and news for $40/month, unveils $50 HUB device, Microsoft earnings preview: All eyes on Azure growth as tech giant reports its fiscal first quarter, Amazon to add another 100k seasonal positions, preparing for holidays in midst of pandemic, Tech in 2020 and beyond: What we’ve learned at the GeekWire Summit, and what to expect this week, Shares of F5 Networks jump 5% as focus on cloud software and services continues to fuel growth, Seattle startup Membrion creating spray coating to help cloth masks better guard against coronavirus, Tech Moves: UW announces director for new DoD program; Microsoft vet joins EQT; and more, Fresh studies boost hopes for water on the moon — and for Jeff Bezos’ lunar vision, Scholars tracking social media see efforts to delegitimize election, imperiling democracy, Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Oct. 18, 2020, NASA’s Boeing-built moon rovers are granted Washington state landmark status, CEO of Washington STEM on finding inspiration in Christmas trees and a microbiology fail, Expedia Group’s CEO on the future of travel, and why big cities will someday ‘come roaring back’, UW researcher put tiny tracking technology on giant hornets to help state deal with murderous pest, Seattle Public Schools extends remote education to January, With 25 years at Microsoft, Mike Tholfsen is old school — and a champion of education accessibility, He moved to Seattle a year ago and has already built a tool to help local businesses battle Amazon, Wizards of the Coast in court: ‘Dragonlance’ authors file suit over rights to classic ‘D&D’ franchise, Look who’s Arrived: Tech vets launch Seattle real estate startup to crowdfund rental home investing, Amazon extends remote work policy for office employees to June 2021, Former Windows chief Terry Myerson is building a health care data startup called Truveta, AOC helps set Twitch record for ‘Among Us,’ the viral game developed by a tiny Seattle-area studio, Seattle-area engineer pleads guilty for scheme to defraud COVID-19 relief programs, Led by e-commerce vets, stealthy startup Fabric raises $9.5M to help brands compete with Amazon, Expedia Group CEO on Google antitrust case: ‘Very pleased to see the government finally taking action’, WFH tips from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: Regular breaks, short meetings, and other advice, Q&A with former Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff on his new SPAC that just raised $350M, Amazon employees protest at Seattle HQ to ask for paid time off so workers can vote, laid out a schedule for filing briefs that runs through Sept. 18, accelerated its work on Starship prototypes, the Air Force plans to fund only two rocket programs, Falcon 9 rocket put an Air Force GPS satellite in orbit.