When, in February, the Falcon Heavy rocket was debuted by SpaceX, one of the major questions regarding who, precisely, would utilize the huge booster along its 27 engines. We do have an answer now: the US Air Force that declared it had chosen the Falcon Heavy to set-off its Air Force Space Command-52 satellite.
At present, the military launch is set to take place from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, in September 2020. The Air Force will disburse $130 Million for the assignment that is more than the average charge for a Falcon Heavy launch owing to the military’s mission assurance requisites.
SpaceX has numerous other assignments scheduled for the Falcon Heavy before then; however, this signifies a huge step for the firm, as it implies the Air Force has approved the rocket after merely one test flight. It is deemed that the Air Force Space Command-52 satellite flight is the foremost instance that the Falcon Heavy rocket has contended head-to-head for a military mission with a United Launch Alliance rocket, and apparently it came out on the apex.
The Falcon Heavy booster provides the SpaceX a potent new tool in its contest with United Launch Alliance—that has an excellent reliability record but usually higher costs. Prior to this declaration, it wasn’t apparent how many flights would be needed by the Air Force prior to it confirms the Falcon Heavy rocket.
Nevertheless, officials specified that the military was developing its certification method. Now, it appears apparent that the Air Force was contented with information from the February test flight and the over 50 the Falcon 9 rocket flights that form the 3 hubs of every Falcon Heavy booster.
The Space Florida initiative of the Florida state is expected to reward SpaceX almost $15 Million in backing to the newly publicized initiative of the company to develop a new Falcon rocket refurbishment facility and establish control center on the property of Kennedy Space Center.