SpaceX Finally Grabs Two Pentagon Launch Contracts
It seems that SpaceX has finally managed to grab the opportunity to launch U. S. Department of Defense payloads as it has been awarded two missions set for 2014 and 2015. It has been done under a Pentagon program, which was developed to instigate competition for its launch programmes, which as of now have been dominated by United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
"SpaceX deeply appreciates and is honored by the vote of confidence shown by the Air Force in our Falcon launch vehicles", said SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, while assuring that they would give their best to provide high-reliability access to space with lift capability that is expected to be a lot greater than observed in any other launch vehicle in the world.
It has been reported that both the missions will liftoff from SpaceX's complex at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. While the first mission, the Deep Space Climate Observatory or DSCOVR, is scheduled to initiate a nine-engine Falcon 9 rocket in late 2014, while second mission, Space Test Program 2, is expected to send the 27-engine Falcon Heavy in mid-2015.
Though the company had many contracts for private satellite launches, sending cargo to and from the International Space Station for NASA, it is for the first time that it has managed to get launches under the Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program.
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