In a new development, it was seen that the US Air Force had picked SpaceX for its project to fly a secretive military satellite with the help of its Falcon Heavy. This was said to be another milestone by SpaceX when they have got the military contract.
This new satellite by US Air Force will be called as AFSPC-52, and it will be slated to launch in the summer or during the year 2020, as per Air Force statement.
This military launch was scheduled to take place in the year 2020 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Air Force will be paying about $130 million for this mission, and it is said to be much higher than the standard rate for the Falcon Heavy launch due to the military’s mission which assures the requirements.
SpaceX has done several other missions which are set for the Falcon Heavy, and this shows to represents a big step for the company and it means that the Air Force has already certified this rocket for just a single flight.
According to SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell said that SpaceX had been honoured by the Air Force’s selection of Falcon Heavy to launch the competitively awarded AFSPC-52 mission. He added by saying that on behalf of whole SpaceX staffs, they want to thank the Air Force to certify the Falcon Heavy and awarded them this critical missions. They also thank Air Force to show the trust and confidence in SpaceX for this launch.
The Falcon Heavy booster usually gives SpaceX a powerful new tool in the competition which is with the United Launch Alliance, and it has sterling reliability which records the high prices. This Falcon Heavy rockets can able to hit all the Department of Defense nine reference orbits.
As per SpaceX’s website, the Falcon Heavy does not have many missions which have lined up the launch schedule. The AFSPC-52 will be marked as the 5th launch to the rocket manifest.