Air Force Cautiously Tests Commercial Launch Model

By Amy Butler
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
December 09, 2013

To call launch market upstart Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) a change agent would not be an overstatement.

The company is bursting onto the scene with the stated goal of CEO Elon Musk to break the monopoly for U.S. national security launches now held by the United Launch Alliance's (ULA) Atlas V and Delta IV rockets. Air Force officials say they are already seeing ULA take measures to become more efficient and reduce cost (see page 43). And SpaceX is infusing the market with new manufacturing and design techniques.

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