Air Force Expects Certification Decision For SpaceX This Year (Updated)

By Jason Sherman / February 13, 2014 at 11:35 PM
(Editor's note: This story was modified on Feb. 14, 2014, to include the observations of a space analyst.) The field of potential near-term competitors poised to challenge Lockheed Martin and Boeing's national security space launch monopoly has thinned to a single challenger, with only SpaceX on course to be certified by the Air Force to compete for government payload launch contracts beginning in FY-15. Air Force Space Command says SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle could be certified as a...

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