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Despite Lawsuits, Disagreements, SpaceX and USAF Moving Forward

Despite Lawsuits, Disagreements, SpaceX and USAF Moving Forward

WASHINGTON — On a muggy day in DC, Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of SpaceX, stood in front of a gaggle of reporters and openly questioned the organization that could be his biggest customer. “I don’t understand what’s taking so long,” Musk said at a June event when asked whether he expected the US Air Force to certify SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket for national security launches. “The Falcon 9 obviously works. It’s not as though the Air Force is changing the design of the rocket. They’re really just learning about it. That’s what the certification process is. “So I don’t understand why it should take so long to learn about the rocket. That doesn’t make sense to me.” It’s a familiar refrain to those who have been tracking the Air Force’s ongoing attempt at introducing competition into the national security launch market. The Falcon 9 has successfully launched, Musk’s supporters ...

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