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SpaceX has completed the first of three missions to qualify to launch military and spy satellites

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Posted in Science on 1st Mar, 2014 02:21 AM by AlexMuller

The U.S. Air Force said SpaceX has completed the first of three missions needed to qualify for carrying military and intelligence satellites, which are generally bigger and more expensive than their commercial counterparts.

 
The Sept. 29 liftoff of the upgraded Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., launched civilian satellites Cassiope, CUSat, Dande and Popacs into orbit, the mission nevertheless counted toward military certification, the service said in a news release.
 
The Air Force alone last year budgeted some $1.9 billion for five EELV launches, or $376 million per mission. While government officials say a strategy to buy the launches in bulk has resulted in savings, they also want to open the program to competition from such companies as SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corp. to curb costs.

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Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-01
+3
SpaceX is working with many organisations and is their great and useful partner - NASA is a very good example. I believe that Air Force will benefit also Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-01
+1
SpaceX has great ambitions and is doing well. Elon Musk has said that he established SpaceX primarily to help humanity become a multiplanet species, and he hopes the company plays a prominent role in getting a Mars colony up and running.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-01
+2
SpaceX is doing great. Many missions successfully accomplished and some important contracts with NASA in place. It would be great to see this continue and also involve Air Force Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-01
+3
SpaceX had already made history as the world's first privately held company to send a cargo payload, carried on the Dragon spacecraft, to the International Space Station Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-01
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SpaceX is working with many organisations and is their great and useful partner - NASA is a very good example. I believe that Air Force will benefit also Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-12-26
+0
Damn, I wish I could think of soenthimg smart like that! Reply


 

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