Grant Sarver November 16, 2020

Image Credit: SpaceX via Unsplash

SpaceX, for the first time, launched 4 astronauts on Sunday night for a 6-month stay on the International Space Station. SpaceX, a private company owned by Elon Musk, has been contracted by the U.S. government to provide space flight in an effort to reduce costs.


Since the beginning of the Space Race in the 1950s, government agencies like NASA and the ESA have been the only ones capable and invested in space programs. Recently, private companies have been interested in the profits that space travel could make in the future. They have become collaborating with the government in a mutually beneficial way.


Space flight isn’t the only contracted work in the aviation industry. Government departments and agencies often contract out aircraft parts and services, especially the military. GovDirections has an entire category for companies to find aircraft related contracts across the country.


The Department of Defense is requesting proposals from firms that are capable of unscheduled maintenance of C-130 aircraft. The contract lasts for 6 years and work may be done at Southwest Asian or European locations. The winning firm will conduct, “C-130 Unscheduled Depot Level Maintenance (UDLM)/Programmed Depot Maintenance (PDM) and C130H Isochronal Inspection (ISO).” The contact for this contract is based out of Robins AFB in Georgia, and proposals are due December 26.


The Air Force is also looking for a firm that can remanufacture the A-10 Aircraft Regulator, Fuel Press. “The work encompasses the disassembly, cleaning, inspection, maintenance re-assembly, testing, and finishing actions required to return the item to a like-new condition.” The point of contact is based out of Tinker AFB in Oklahoma. Responses are due by December 11.

American space travel is experiencing a resurgence thanks to government contracting. Although not every contract is rocket science level work, there is plenty of work to be done in our own stratosphere through aircraft related contracts, and there will be for the foreseeable future.

About the Author

Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in May 2021. He is most interested in human rights and social equity and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.