SpaceX Wins Top Secret US Military Contract To Deploy Satellite On The Incredible Powerful Falcon Heavy

Posted: Jun 26 2018, 12:37am CDT | by , in Latest Science News

 

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SpaceX Wins Top Secret US Military Contract To Deploy Satellite On the Incredible Powerful Falcon Heavy
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For $130 Million SpaceX will Launch Air Force Satellite to Space.

SpaceX recently bagged a $130 million contract from US Airforce, according to the deal, in the year 2020, SpaceX will launch their classified satellite in space through their most advanced Falcon Heavy Rocket.

The US Airforce satellite is called AFSPC-52 and all details about it have been kept confidential.

With this new contract, SpaceX has beaten United Launch Alliance in their bid for gaining this military contract, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, United Launch Alliance had offered their heavy-lift Delta 4 rocket for the same contract.

“SpaceX is honored by the Air Force’s selection of Falcon Heavy to launch the competitively-awarded AFSPC-52 mission,” SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell said in a statement, reports spacenews. “I want to thank the Air Force for certifying Falcon Heavy, awarding us this critically important mission, and for their trust and confidence in our company. SpaceX is pleased to continue offering the American taxpayer the most cost-effective, reliable launch services for vital national-security space missions.”

One main reason behind SpaceX winning this contract is the cost factor; SpaceX rocket parts are designed in such a way that they can be reused for other launches, this puts SpaceX in an advantageous position against all other competitors.

SpaceX rockets can carry more payloads, and their launch services cost less than half of what other companies offered.

Just for information, Falcon Heavy is the biggest rocket that has been built till date and it can carry more than twice the payload in comparison to any other rocket that has ever been built by any other private company or government agency.

Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center Commander Lt. Gen. John Thompson said in a statement released on Thursday that awarding the launch to Space X “fits the mission of delivering resilient and affordable space capabilities to our Nation while maintaining assured access to space.”

According to the information made available by Spacenews, the average cost of Delta 4 launches is around $350 million, which is nearly double the deal that has been struck between SpaceX and US Airforce.

As NASA is still a long way from developing its own heavy-lift rocket, the US Government agencies have to rely on other private and government contractors for its satellite launches.

However, it was not easy for SpaceX to obtain military certification for their Falcon Heavy Rocket; they had to spend around $60 million and two years in a lawsuit against United States Air Force.

The company dropped its lawsuit only a few months before the certification was awarded to them.

Although SpaceX had a face a few setbacks and even faced two failed missions of Falcon 9 Rockets, they still have managed to get many contracts from USAF.

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