But the military won’t be using a reusable rocket anytime soon
The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center has cleared the third missile-warning Space Based Infrared System satellite for launch following an investigation into the satellite’s engine.
Despite the schedule and cost savings promised by flying government hosted payloads on commercial satellites, industry and former government officials expressed frustration, directed largely at government agencies, with the difficulties they’ve encountered in trying to fly such payloads.
Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, commander of the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center, said, “Advancements and developments such as those demonstrated by the Falcon 9 Upgrade provide the opportunity to assure our nation’s access to space with improved resiliency."
The U.S. Air Force’s space acquisition arm made six of a planned eight major contract awards in 2014.