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Air Force certifies SpaceX for military launches
Posted: Wed, May 27, 2015, 11:29 AM ET (1529 GMT)
Falcon 9 v1.1 launch of DSCOVR (NASA/KSC) The US Air Force said Tuesday it has completed the certification of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, allowing the company to compete for at least some military launches. The certification process, which took two years and created some tensions between the Air Force and SpaceX, means that the service has approved the use of the Falcon 9 for launching military satellites. With the Falcon 9 now certified, SpaceX can compete for launch contracts, including a series of next-generation GPS satellites later this year. The Air Force said it spent more than $65 million certifying the Falcon 9; SpaceX did not disclose how much it spent on its share of activities.
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