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It's been a good week for SpaceX. The private spaceflight company just won a major contract to launch a military payload into space--a job that has long been monopolized by United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between industry giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
In May 2018, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket will launch a GPS satellite (called GPS III) into space for the Air Force. And according to another announcement from yesterday, that's the same year the company hopes to launch its Dragon capsule to Mars. It's gonna be a big year for SpaceX
The contract also marks a significant first for Elon Musk’s rocket company, which DoD had previously only entrusted with small, experimental satellites. The deal is SpaceX’s first award under the Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program, which since its inception has divided the launch of big-ticket national security satellites between the Atlas and Delta rockets.
originally posted by: Xcathdra
originally posted by: smirkley
Elon Musk is a winner and a visionary. And we are going to see in a few short years, his success.
So long as his success propels humanity off this rock and into the solar system / galaxy / universe he has my support.
Musk is a self-described American exceptionalist and nationalist, describing himself as "nauseatingly pro-American". According to Musk, the United States is "[inarguably] the greatest country that has ever existed on Earth", describing it as "the greatest force for good of any country that's ever been". Musk believes outright that there "would not be democracy in the world if not for the United States", arguing there were "three separate occasions in the 20th-century where democracy would have fallen with World War I, World War II and the Cold War, if not for the United States"