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Pentagon to review the certification of Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch vehicles

SpaceX founder Elon Musk speaks during a press conference after the first launch of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, on 6 February 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

(Reuters) – The Pentagon will evaluate the certification for Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch vehicles to determine whether the U. S. Air Force compliance with certain guidelines, according to a memo here on Monday.

“Our objective is to determine whether the us Air Force was in accordance with the Launch Services new Entrant Certification Guide to certify the launch system design for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle-class SpaceX Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles,” U.S. Department Of Defense Deputy Inspector General Michael refuses to confess, said in the memo.

The evaluation will start this month, the memo stated.

In December a rocket from SpaceX, the wearing of an AMERICAN military satellite navigation system blasted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral, the highlight of the space transport company’s first national security space mission for the United States.

The successful launch was a major victory for the billionaire Musk, who has spent years trying to break into the lucrative market for military space launches dominated by Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co.

Musk’s privately held rocket company said last month it would reduce its workforce by about 10 percent of the company’s more than 6,000 employees, citing “extraordinarily difficult challenges for the future”.

Reporting Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

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