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DCMA LA takes lead on NSSL affordability
A Falcon 9 launch vehicle lands on its drone landing ship after carrying Space Force’s third GPS III, also known as satellite vehicle 03, from Space Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, June 30. This launch marks the first NSSL mission where a launch provider has attempted to recovered flight hardware. As the team in the lead, developing Defense Contract Management Agency acquisition oversight on recovery and reusability of launch vehicles, DCMA Los Angeles’ multi-functional team supports the National Security Space Launch program’s affordability proposition. Through the teams efforts working with customers and contractors they help develop necessary guidelines that could one day be applied to multiple launch service providers to spur new competition for launch services contracts. (Photo courtesy SpaceX)