WASHINGTON — An Orbital ATK Minotaur 4 rocket lifted off from Cape Canveral, Florida, early Saturday morning, carrying the U.S. Defense Department’s Operationally Responsive Space (ORS)-5 satellite.
Rekindling the argument is a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released this month examining the pros and cons of such a course and provides plenty of fodder for both sides.
“This is exactly the wrong time to start intervening in the commercial Launch industry,” said Richard DalBello, vice president for business development and government affairs for Virgin Orbit, a Long Beach, California company targeting the small-satellite market with an air-launched rocket.
“The GAO points out a change in policy could have a significant negative result,” said DalBello, who helped organize the Next-Generation Launch Coalition, a group of companies that oppose relaxing the restrictions on surplus motors.
Still, Department of Commerce officials have warned that allowing broader motor sales could disrupt competition by lowering costs for a select group of launch providers.
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