WASHINGTON --- Airbus and Raytheon have filed protests with the Government Accountability Office challenging Space Development Agency contracts awarded to L3Harris and SpaceX last month for eight missile-tracking satellites, putting the projects on hold until the dispute is resolved.
The Space Development Agency on Oct. 5 awarded SpaceX a $149 million contract and L3Harris a $193.5 million contract to each build four satellites to detect and track ballistic and hypersonic missiles. These eight satellites are known as Tracking Layer Tranche 0.
Airbus U.S. Space and Defense filed its protest Oct. 28. Raytheon’s protest was filed Nov. 3. The Government Accountability Office has until Feb. 11, 2021 to issue a decision.
An Airbus spokesperson said the “post-award debrief review identified concerns about the government’s evaluation process, and as a result, we have filed a protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office.”
For the Tracking Layer Tranche 0, Airbus offered the Arrow satellite bus made at the Airbus OneWeb Satellites’ manufacturing facility in Florida, which “fits SDA’s evaluation criteria for commercial commoditized buses manufactured at scale,” Airbus said.
A Raytheon spokesperson said the company could not comment on the protest. (end of excerpt)
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