Wednesday, May 27, 2015

AF certifies SpaceX to bid

The U.S. Air Force has certified SpaceX to launch military satellites, opening the door to a lucrative market previously held solely by a Lockheed and Boeing joint venture. With the clearance, SpaceX can compete for military space contracts valued at $9.5 billion over the next five years. Founded in 2002, SpaceX has become a leader in commercial space launches. SpaceX has made cargo flights to resupply the International Space Station and is preparing for a manned flight. (Source: Space Daily, 05/27/15) Gulf Coast note: SpaceX is using facilities at Stennis Space Center, Miss., for R&D on its next generation rocket engine.