20 April 2017
The Orlando Sentinel reports that SpaceX’s upcoming launch of a spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office under a DOD contract will usher in a “new area of competition” between the company and United Launch Alliance (ULA), which previously acted as the exclusive launch provider for national security payloads. Both companies launch from the Space Coast, and the competition “could mean more business for Florida.” Space Florida ‎Chief of Strategic Alliance Dale Ketcham said that “competition is a good thing,” explaining that it “will drive down prices and could result in it being cheaper to get into space, meaning more launches.” The launch is scheduled for no earlier than April 30. (Image: Launch Pad 39A Modifications for SpaceX Launches. Credit: NASA)
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