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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket Certified by Air Force; Elon Musk Comments

SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Certified by Air Force; Elon Musk Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event

rocket launchThe U.S. Air Force has approved SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 rocket, clearing the way for the company to pursue military launch service contracts.

The military branch said Tuesday it spent more than $60 million and took almost two years to complete the certification process.

“This is an important step toward bringing competition to national security space launch,” said SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

The Air Force seeks new participants in the military’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program and could soon issue a formal solicitation for a Global Positioning Satellite III launch support contract.

The branch said its rocket certification program offers a path for manufacturers to demonstrate their ability to design, build and deliver a platform to help send military satellites into orbit.air-force-tile-ad

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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