Military Launches Would Be Good For SpaceX, Competition
SpaceX is now certified to launch defense payloads, putting it in a competitive and lucrative market with Boeing and Lockheed Martin.By Evan Thomas | May 27, 2015
SpaceX has secured launch certification from the U.S. Air Force for its Falcon 9 rocket. Now it can compete for launch contracts in the defense industry, where it would carry military payloads. (Video via SpaceX)
This is an area currently monopolized by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture run by Boeing and Lockheed Martin. ULA launch platforms include the Delta and Atlas rocket families, which until this week were the only ones cleared to boost the military's various communications and surveillance payloads into orbit. (Video via United Launch Alliance)
Now, SpaceX says it's ready to undercut ULA's bill to orbit. It's offering prices in the $100 million ballpark.