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TechnologyPentagon to review certification of Elon Musk's SpaceX launch vehicles

18:55  12 february  2019
18:55  12 february  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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The Pentagon will evaluate the certification for Elon Musk ' s SpaceX launch vehicles to determine whether the U. S . Air Force complied with Musk ’ s privately held rocket company said last month it would reduce its workforce by about 10 percent of the company’ s more than 6,000 employees, citing

(Reuters) - The Pentagon will evaluate the certification for Elon Musk ' s SpaceX launch vehicles to determine whether the U. S . Air Force complied with certain The review will begin this month, the memo stated. In December, a SpaceX rocket carrying a U. S . military navigation satellite blasted off

Pentagon to review certification of Elon Musk's SpaceX launch vehicles© Aly Song/REUTERS Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends the Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory groundbreaking ceremony in Shanghai, China January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

Feb 11 (Reuters) - The Pentagon will evaluate the certification for Elon Musk's SpaceX launch vehicles to determine whether the U.S. Air Force complied with certain guidelines, according to a memo on Monday.

"Our objective is to determine whether the U.S. Air Force complied with the Launch Services New Entrant Certification Guide when certifying the launch system design for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle-class SpaceX Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles," U.S. Department Of Defense Deputy Inspector General Michael Roark said in the memo.

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"Our objective is to determine whether the U. S . Air Force complied with the Launch Services New Entrant Certification Guide when certifying the launch system design for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle -class SpaceX Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles

Elon Musk leads Space Exploration Technologies ( SpaceX ), where he oversees the development and manufacturing of advanced rockets and spacecraft for missions to and beyond Earth In 2008, SpaceX ’ s Falcon 1 became the first privately developed liquid-fuel launch vehicle to orbit the Earth.

The review will begin this month, the memo stated.

In December, a SpaceX rocket carrying a U.S. military navigation satellite blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral, marking the space transportation company's first national security space mission for the United States.

The successful launch was a significant victory for billionaire Musk, who has spent years trying to break into the lucrative market for military space launches dominated by Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co.

Musk's privately held rocket company said last month it would reduce its workforce by about 10 percent of the company's more than 6,000 employees, citing "extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead". (Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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