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Air Force certifies SpaceX to compete for military launches
Air Force certifies SpaceX to compete for military launches

After a two-year effort, entrepreneur Elon Musk and his upstart company SpaceX won approval from the Air Force on Tuesday to launch the military's most critical satellites. The approval means that SpaceX can now compete for Pentagon contracts against a joint venture owned by aerospace giants Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp., which has had a monopoly on military satellite launches — many of them top secret — since 2006. "This is a very important milestone for the Air Force and the Department of Defense," said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. "SpaceX's emergence as a viable commercial launch provider provides the opportunity to...

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