Rocket Lab: 18-satellite, $515-million SDA award validates our vertical-integration strategy; we’ll also bid for launch

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Rocket Lab might reasonably consider changing its name to Space Systems Lab on the heels of its $515-million contract with the U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA) to design, build and operate 18 Tranche two Transport Layer - Beta missile-defense satellites.

It’s Rocket Lab’s first big win as a prime contractor and goes a long way to moving the company up the food chain to compete with the big U.S. satellite prime contractors.

The SDA contract, announced Jan. 8, calls . . .

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