RAPID III ON-RAMP 3 COMPLETE
The RSDO completed the On-Ramp 3 procurement activity in April 2016. As a result, four new vendors (Boeing, QinetiQ Space of Belgium, Space Systems Loral, and Thales Alenia Space France) received Rapid III contracts. Additionally, two vendors (Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology US) with existing Rapid III contracts added another spacecraft design to their catalog listings.
RSDO TO DATE
Since the inception (March 2010) of the Rapid III Spacecraft Acquisition Contracts, the RSDO has awarded spacecraft delivery orders for the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2), the Joint Polar Satellite System 1 (JPSS 1), and the Joint Polar Satellite System 2 (JPSS 2) missions. The RSDO has conducted three on-ramps in order to add new vendors and proven spacecraft designs to the existing catalog. To date, there are there are 10 vendors with a total of 18 proven spacecraft designs in the Rapid III catalog. The catalog is in the process of being updated with the On-Ramp 3 additions.