SpaceX Takes Another Step into EELV Market
… ” It will still be some time before SpaceX will be in a position to compete for EELV launches, and there is no word on when the Air Force evaluations will begin. Presumably however, SpaceX would want to wait until after the new booster has successfully completed the first few flights on its manifest, and in particular delivered its first commercial communications satellite to GTO, which should come with flight number and the launch of SES-8 out of Cape Canaveral.
“SpaceX will enter into a separate certification agreement with the Air Force to enable the Falcon Heavy to compete for EELV class launches, a process which will probably quite a bit longer, as the company currently lists three launches on its manifest for the triple core booster; a demo flight which will likely take place in 2014, followed by two flights the following year, one of which is a demonstration flight for the Air Force, labelled Space Test Program -2, contracted under the Orbital/Suborbital-3 (OSP-3) program.”
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