RpK’s new COTS partner

Rocketplane Kistler (RpK) announced today that is has signed an agreement with Andrews Space, with the latter company taking over the role in RpK’s COTS program that had previously planned to go to Orbital. As you may recall, Orbital announced on Monday that it was backing out of plans to take on the role of managing the development of RpK’s K-1 vehicle, as well as canceling a planned $10-million investment into RpK. Under Thursday’s agreement, Andrews will take on “supporting responsibility for systems engineering and integration and safety & mission assurance” for the K-1 project, and also make an unspecified strategic investment in RpK. Andrews was one of the six finalists in the COTS program but failed to win one of the two awards.

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