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Air Force taking bids to launch spy satellites for 1st time in decade
Air Force taking bids to launch spy satellites for 1st time in decade

For the first time in a decade, the Air Force has opened up a rocket competition to launch the U.S. government's most sophisticated national security satellites. The Air Force released a request for proposal on Tuesday to companies that want to compete for a national security mission set to blast off in 2016. The announcement allows Hawthorne rocket maker SpaceX to vie for one of the world's most lucrative space programs. The upstart firm and its chief executive, Elon Musk, have been publicly fighting all year to compete for military contracts. For years, the Air Force had only one company that carried out missions to launch the nation's most precious satellites into...

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