Elon Musk's SpaceX Cleared for Launch

The US Air Force has certified the private company SpaceX to launch military and spy satellites.
A joint venture between Lockheed Martin and and Boeing has had a monopoly on those launches since 2006.
Founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk, SpaceX has already won contracts with NASA to ferry cargo and crews to the International Space Station.
The approval from the US military followed two years of intensive reviews by the US Air Force.
Air Force Secretary Deborah James said in a statement, "SpaceX's emergence as a viable commercial launch provider provides the opportunity to compete launch services for the first time in almost a decade."
Mr Musk said the decision was "an important step toward bringing competition to national security space launch."
In June, the Air Force expects to open bidding for the contract to launch GPS satellites built by Lockheed and it will be SpaceX's first opportunity to compete for military work.



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