Elon Musk's SpaceX launch vehicles certification to be reviewed

Rodiano Bonacci
Febbraio 14, 2019

In April 2016, SpaceX got its first U.S. Air Force contract to deliver its GPS III satellite into space after its Falcon 9 rocket was certified for military space contracts. At the time SpaceX broke into the military launch program, ULA was the big cat on the street.

The Pentagon is planning to initiate an investigation into the certification provided for Elon Musk's SpaceX launch to see if the US Air Force complied with the correct guidelines when awarding the certificate.

Elon Musk's woes aren't slowing down, as Bloomberg has discovered that the Trump administration's proposed U.S. -Mexico border wall would cut through the SpaceX launch facility in Boca Chica, Texas.

In released Monday night, the US Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General informed Air Force leadership that it will evaluate the military's certification of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy for national security missions. Whatever the reasons for the review, it will begin this month, the memo said and will be undertaken at the Space and Missile Systems Center in El Segundo, California. Air Force spokesman Brigadier General Edward Thomas said the service didn't have an immediate comment.

It allowed the company to take on the United Launch Alliance - a joint venture between top defense contractors Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin. Although SpaceX was not mentioned in the letter, the lawmakers suggested the company got a bad deal because, unlike its major competitors, it did not receive Air Force funding when a new round of "Launch Service Agreements" in October 2018. A key test for SpaceX in that effort - the maiden flight of its Crew Dragon vehicle, without any astronauts on board - is slated for March 2.

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