Space Force OKs utilized SpaceX rockets for forthcoming GPS satellite dispatches

SpaceX would now be able to dispatch public security satellites with utilized rockets.

Elon Musk’s organization simply marked an agreement alteration with the U.S. Space Force that permits two up and coming GPS satellite dispatches to utilize Falcon 9 supporters with preflown first stages. That is a first for public security payloads, and it will bring about investment funds of almost $53 million for American citizens over the two flights, Space Force authorities said.

“SpaceX is proud to leverage Falcon 9’s flight-proven benefits and capabilities for national security space launch missions,” SpaceX president and head working official Gwynne Shotwell said in an announcement messaged out by the Space Force today (Sept. 25).

“We appreciate the effort that the U.S. Space Force invested into the evaluation and are pleased that they see the benefits of the technology,” Shotwell said. “Our extensive experience with reuse has allowed SpaceX to continually upgrade the fleet and save significant precious tax dollars on these launches.”

SpaceX regularly lands and reflies the primary phases of the workhorse, two-phase Falcon 9. The incredible Falcon Heavy, which has dispatched only multiple times to date, is also reusable. (Bird of prey Heavy is basically three Falcon 9 first stages tied together, with a changed focal promoter bested by a subsequent stage.)

The present declaration denotes another progression in the Space Force’s developing acknowledgment of reusable-rocket innovation. The military branch’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) recently marked agreement changes permitting SpaceX to land Falcon 9 first stages during GPS dispatches.

The organization did precisely that on the GPS III-SV03 mission this previous June, and it intends to do so again for GPS III-SV04, which is booked to lift off next Tuesday (Sept. 29).

The new agreement changes permit the GPS III-SV05 and GPS III-SV06 satellites to ride on Falcon 9s with preflown first stages, which will land back on Earth after their work the upward way is finished. Those two dispatches are planned to occur at some point one year from now.

“SMC’s commitment to innovative partnerships and working with the commercial sector while maintaining our mission assurance posture and mission-success record cannot be understated,” Walt Lauderdale, head of SMC’s Falcon Systems and Operations Division and frequent mission director, said in the same statement.

“I am proud of our partnership with SpaceX that allowed us to successfully negotiate contract modifications for the upcoming GPS III missions that will save taxpayers $52.7 million while maintaining our unprecedented record of success,” Lauderdale said.