SpaceX wins US military approval to launch on reused Falcon boosters

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A United States military contract with SpaceX has been modified to allow future launches aboard reused Falcon 9 boosters, saving the US tens of millions of dollars.

The series of Lockheed Martin built GPS III satellites operated by the U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center has been traditionally launched on new expendable boosters. The first two GPS III spacecraft launched on an expendable Falcon 9 and a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.

The expendable SpaceX Falcon 9 B1054 booster during its first and only mission lifts the United States Air Force GPS III SV01 satellite to orbit on December 23, 2018. (SpaceX)

An earlier contract modification was…

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