Our World Is Changing! Go Elon Musk!
The U.S. Air Force certified SpaceX to launch satellites for the Pentagon, it was announced Tuesday.
This is significant news for Elon Musk’s 13-year-old aerospace company, which has long been involved court case over certification from the Pentagon. As the Washington Postreports, obtaining Pentagon certification means SpaceX can compete with United Launch Alliance, a joint space venture formed in 2006 by Lockheed Martin and Boeing Defense, Space & Security.
ULA provides launch services to government entities like NASA and the Department of Defense—customers SpaceX also wants to service.
The certification process began when SpaceX sued the U.S. Air Force in April of last year, arguing its bidding process for awarding contracts to launch Pentagon satellites had turned ULA into an unfair monopoly. (In 2012, the Air Force awarded 36 launches to ULA, which was the only contractor certified to launch under the EELV, or Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program.)…
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