in ,

SpaceX Gets Certification to Use Recyclable Boosters in National Security Launches

SpaceX Gets Certification to Use Recyclable Boosters in National Security Launches - top government contractors - best government contracting event

SpaceX has received certification from the U.S. Space Force to launch classified intelligence, surveillance and early-warning satellites using previously flown first-stage boosters on its Falcon Heavy rocket, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

The certification issued in June allows the company to use the recyclable side boosters in launching national security missions and the service branch said one of those missions is a National Reconnaissance Office satellite that is scheduled for liftoff sometime between October and December.

The Space Force said in a statement that the “recovery, refurbishment, and launch of SpaceX boosters utilizes well-established processes.”

Falcon Heavy uses 27 engines for its first stage, providing over 5 million pounds of thrust during launch.

United Launch Alliance is awaiting certification from the Air Force for its Vulcan rocket with a Blue Origin-built motor that would replace the RD-180 engine from Russia. The BoeingLockheed Martin joint venture plans to conduct a test launch in December, according to the report.

ExecutiveBiz Logo

Sign Up Now! ExecutiveBiz provides you with Daily Updates and News Briefings about Space

mm

Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

Accenture's Nilanjan Sengupta on How Federal Agencies Can Prepare for Quantum-Powered AI - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Accenture’s Nilanjan Sengupta on How Federal Agencies Can Prepare for Quantum-Powered AI
Booz Allen to Help Drive AEye Tech Adoption for Aerospace, Defense Applications; Randy Yamada Quoted - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Booz Allen to Help Drive AEye Tech Adoption for Aerospace, Defense Applications; Randy Yamada Quoted