Air Force finally certifies SpaceX

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The competition heats up: The Air Force on Tuesday certified SpaceX to permit it to bid and launch military payloads.

This puts big pressure on ULA, which no longer has a monopoly on all military launches. In order to gain contracts they are going to have to compete, lowering their prices to match SpaceX’s.


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  • mpthompson

    Does ULA really need to match SpaceX prices? Perhaps not, but they will at least be put into a position of having to justify what they do charge to the Air Force for a launch.

  • geoffc

    To meet the certification process, SpaceX is forced to charge more to cover the extra work on every flight.

    If everyone is not equal, squash the exceptional so that they are not so exceptional.

  • PeterF

    Kurt Vonnegut was really only illustrating the absurdity of socialism when he introduced the idea of a “Handicapper General” that ensured equality in every way. They think they’re “spreading the wealth around” when they are actually only spreading misery.

  • wodun

    There may be a window where their prices don’t matter but it wont last forever. The have a good record, which counts for something, and there is a legitimate need for more than one launch provider. But SpaceX isn’t their only potential competition in this market.

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