Elon Musk’s Space Dreams Continue Uninhibited
Elon Musk’s obsession with space exploration has achieved yet another milestone, as Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has won a long-fought campaign with certification of the Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle to fly missions for the U.S. Department of Defence, as early as next month.
An agreement between the U.S. Air Force and SpaceX turned bitter when a lawsuit was filed against the use of the Russian-built RD-180 on DoD flights. The lawsuit was issued in April, last year to draw attention to the fact that when Russia was conducting military actions in the Ukraine, the US was importing additional RD-180s for its space efforts to launch national security payloads into orbit.
Thereafter, SpaceX and the US Air Force resolved their issues and collaborated in the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program.
A report appearing in the Air Force Times has stated that the commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center can certify the Falcon 9, once the company proves that it can design, test, and fly the rocket.
Once the Falcon 9 is certified, it will be allowed to compete with the current rockets like United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV and Atlas V family of boosters, to carry out defence missions.
Elon’s strong push for space exploration started with a plan to send mice to Mars. His passion culminated into SpaceX, formed in 2002. In 2010, the company launched the first Falcon 9 rocket on a test flight.
And then, there was no looking back for in the next five years, SpaceX launched its Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station seven times, it upgraded to the new v1.1 version of the Falcon 9, also signed a 20-year lease for NASA’s Launch Complex 39A, then conducted its first launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and has now begun working on a new launch site near Boca Chica, Texas.
Way to go Elon!
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