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SpaceX wins $130 million Air Force contract

25 June 2018

The contract is worth 130 000 000 dollars.

The new contract award calls for SpaceX to provide launch services to deliver the Air Force Space Command-52 satellite into its intended geostationary orbit.

SpaceX just won a military contract for its Falcon Heavy rocket to launch a classified satellite for the U.S. Air Force.

This week's award served as the first indication that the Falcon Heavy had been certified for national security launches.

According to the military, the launch service contract entails launch vehicle production, launch operations, and spaceflight worthiness activities. The world's largest air force has even scheduled a launch using this rocket in the second half of 2020.

With the SpaceX onboard, Air Force said the contract strikes a balance between satisfying the operational requirements and lower budgetary allocation.

The project will take place at SpaceX's headquarters in Florida and it is expected to be completed by September 2020.

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While the Air Force didn't specify the role or goal of its Command-52 satellite, Quartz states that the spacecraft weighs more than the eight metric tons (nine tons).

The US Department of Defence received two proposals for its tender in a competitive bidding process. To meet the challenge, SpaceX is developing a larger rocket it calls the BFR (Big F*****g Rocket) meant to be used for missions to Mars. The side boosters of the rocket simultaneously sat on the platform on land.

'The Falcon Heavy launch turned heads in February, but SpaceX's rocket is a smaller type of rocket that can't meet Nasa's deep-space needs, ' the website reads. The rocket can lift as much as 141,000 pounds of cargoes.

SpaceX successfully launched the Falcon Heavy on February 2018, with a Tesla Roadster on top. This is equivalent to about 18 747 aircraft.

SpaceX and Boeing are competing head-to-head as both firms work to build spacecrafts capable of ferrying humans to the moon and beyond.

'SpaceX is pleased to continue offering the American taxpayer the most cost-effective, reliable launch services for vital national security space missions'.

SpaceX wins $130 million Air Force contract