An Air Force official said seven to 10 missions to be awarded competitively would include a number of GPS 3 satellite launches, which appear well suited to the capabilities of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket (left). Meanwhile, a National Reconnaissance Office mission dubbed NROL-79 will launch atop ULA’s Atlas 5 rocket. Credit: An Air Force official said seven to 10 missions to be awarded competitively would include a number of GPS 3 satellite launches, which appear well suited to the capabilities of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket (left). Meanwhile, a National Reconnaissance Office mission dubbed NROL-79 will launch atop ULA’s Atlas 5 rocket. Credit: SpaceX/ULA
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A ULA Atlas 5 carrying the third MUOS satellite for the United States Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 8:04 p.m. EST Jan. 20, 2015. Credit: ULA
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SN Primary Source | SpaceX EELV Block Buy Complaint

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Searchable copy of the complaint SpaceX filed April 28, 2014 with the U.S. Court of Claims challenging the U.S. Air Force's plan to award national security launch contracts to United Launch Alliance on a sole-source basis. 

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Letter | Leveling of the EELV Playing Field Should Be Done on New Entrant Side

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The article bore no resemblance to what was actually a timely, thoughtful GAO report.

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Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.   Credit: DoD, Glenn Fawcett
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