Air Force Awards AFSPC-52 Launch Services Contract to SpaceX

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 25, 2018

SpaceX's most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, has landed a major launch contract from the U.S. Air Force, reports Teslarati.

The service's space and missile systems center received two proposals for the contract and will obligate the full contract amount using its space procurement funds for fiscal 2018. The Air Force will pay $130 million for the mission, which is higher than the standard rate for a Falcon Heavy launch due to the military's mission assurance requirements.

Back in 2014, SpaceX chose to sue the USA government after the military gave United Launch Alliance (ULA) a sweetheart deal for sending government payloads into space.

The work, which will be performed at SpaceX's headquarters, the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and in McGregor, Texas, is expected to be completed by September 2020.

The Department of Defense certified SpaceX's Falcon Heavy to be at the helm of an important national security space project.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket boasts about three times the power of SpaceX's workhorse Falcon 9 rocket. Regardless of the specifics, many of which have likely been kept under wraps, the Air Force must have been quite impressed with the rocket's debut performance, and Falcon Heavy has now - according to President and COO Gwynne Shotwell - been certified for USAF missions just four months later.

While it requires far less rigor than the Air Force's more secretive, national security-sensitive satellite launches, SpaceX's second Falcon Heavy launch - this time with three highly-reusable Block 5 boosters - will also be conducted with the military branch as the primary customer.

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

SpaceX's beat out its biggest rival, United Launch Alliance (ULA), for the contract to launch the AFSC-52 satellite. The much-touted rocket made its maiden launch from the historic launchpad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on February 6, 2018.

Who knew the Falcon 9 rocket is as tall as a 21-story building? The test program is supposed to be an experimental launch where the Falcon Heavy will carry as many as 25 satellites.

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