Social Media Sidebar


Please sign up, comment on articles and bring your friends!

Current poll

PlanetTech is asking:

What do you think about our new web site?

Love it, indeed
Really good solution
Same as old one
The old one was better
This is a new option

Quote of the day

Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.


Thomas Edison

SpaceX to U.S. Air Force: Let us bid for military launch contracts

Posted in Science on 26th Apr, 2014 12:58 AM by AlexMuller

Elon Musk held a press conference today to announce that the first stage of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully made a soft landing in the ocean, thus inching the company closer to its goal of producing a reusable rocket that could make spaceflight less expensive. But that wasn’t the only cost-saving subject on Musk’s mind.


 Musk also informed reporters that SpaceX is protesting the military’s current contract with the United Launch Alliance (ULA), which gives the organization near-complete dominance over national defense rocket and aircraft launches.

Musk argued that the U.S. Air Force’s agreement with ULA, a joint-venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing, is unnecessarily expensive and said SpaceX could offer the same services at a fraction of the cost. ULA gets $3.5 billion annually from the government, but Musk said SpaceX could save them at least $1 billion.
The problem with this is that the government currently doesn’t allow private companies to bid on military launch contracts, which means ULA has no incentive to keep costs low.
“If our vehicle is good enough for NASA, the International Space Station … [and] every satellite you can imagine,” it’s good enough for military launches, Musk explained, adding that the Air Force’s contracts should be open for everyone to bid.
“If we compete and lose, that’s fine,” he said. “We’re just saying that companies should be able to compete.”

Tags: spaceSpaceXElon MuskFalcon 9NASAAir Force

Read original article » Back to category


Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-26
Elon Musk is absolutely right - completion is necessary for moving forward space explorations by reducing costs and his company - Space X should be allowed to compete
2 Replies
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-26
I think that one important point that Musk presented to Congress is that the United Launch Alliance’s most frequently flown vehicle is the Atlas V. Atlas V uses a Russian main engine and approximately half the airframe is manufactured overseas. In the current climate and the tensions over Ukraine’s Crimea region relaying on others seems unwise.


Recent headlines

  • Posted in Hardware on 2019-01-19 15:00:04
    SpaceX Orbital Starship Prototype Built By June 2019 more
    Posted in Hardware on 2019-01-19 14:18:47
    Apple and Samsung Hardest Hit as Smartphone more
    Posted in Science on 2019-01-05 00:26:50
    China Lands Chang'e 4 on the Far Side of the more
    Posted in Science on 2018-12-31 00:24:45
    Support for Human Gene Editing to Fix Diseases in more
    Posted in Science on 2018-12-31 00:15:06
    Will Mimicking The Nervous System Advance more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-10 01:33
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-20 07:17
Spacex says China is their main competitor for more
Posted in Software on 2013-10-20 06:43
Pirate Bay Browser Clocks 1,000,000 more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-10 02:10
Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-14 03:13
Endothelial Cells Can Repair and Regenerate Organs, more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Spacex says China is their main competitor for more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Staring at Your Phone Could Be Making You Short more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target more

Recent Blog Posts

  • Posted by AlexMuller
    Even light drinking increases risk of more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Researchers have discovered how to slow more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Human retinas grown in a dish explain how color vision more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    The smartphone app that can tell you’re depressed before more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Neural networks don’t understand what optical illusions more

Login to your Account

Login to your PlanetTech Account here

Remember me

Create a New Account

You just need username and password

The following errors occured:
Verify password:
Remember me