Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Hyten tries to find “sweet spot” on surplus ICBM issue |

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The head of Air Force Space Command said U.S. launch companies should be able to buy rocket motors from decommissioned intercontinental ballistic missiles to power commercial launches, but at a price that would not put the rest of the commercial small launch industry at a disadvantage.

Current U.S. policy says that launch companies cannot use the rocket motors to launch commercial satellites and can only use them for national security missions in certain instances.

“From a taxpayer perspective, wouldn’t it be better to get some value out of them rather than destroy it?” Gen. John Hyten, the head of Air Force Space Command, said during a press briefing April 14 at the 32nd Space Symposium here. “From an Air Force perspective, there’s a sweet spot there because those ICBMs actually have value.”

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