SpaceX is ready to submit a bid for launching next GPS American military satellites.
Elon Musk’s enterprise, SpaceX, moves forward in the industry. It took the company many years of serious inspections and a petition to get the right to submit a bid for launching American military satellites. Now, it is ready to win its first competitive bid just after the sole opposing bidder stopped bidding, citing a United States ban on enterprise with Russia.
Tesla news affirmed that bidding ended on November 17, on the agreement to introduce a future generation GPS for the Air Force, which would be utilized for both private and public purposes. Since 2006, the United Launch Alliance, a joint organization of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, which has monopolized national security launches, informed Reuters it would not be participating in the venture, as it faced a controversy regarding the Russian engines utilized by its workhorse Atlas rocket.
This has allowed SpaceX to become the only potential winner. Whereas, the space company would not formally acknowledge the bid, company sources stated that one had been made. However, the chance of a victory by CEO Elon Musk, who referred to the ULA’s withdrawal prospect “nothing less than deceptive brinkmanship” in a letter written to the United States Department of Defense in October.
Tesla news today exclaimed that after Russia captured Crimea and supported rebels in the eastern part of Ukraine two years ago, U.S. legislators banned future procurements of RD-180 rocket engines for the launching of military satellites, with the intent to deny financing of the Russian military-industry complex.
A faulty renovated version of Russia’s engine is blamed for destroying an Orbital ATK rocket mission sent to ISS in 2014; foul play is not suspected. The punishment aimed at Vladmir Putin proved to be troublesome for ULA: The Alliance’s Atlas Rockets, which are known for relying on the RD-180.
The cost per launch of RD-180 is already greater than that of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation’s Falcon 9 rocket, and its US made alternate, the Delta, is even pricier than that.
Tesla Motors news reported that according to the organizations’ own figures, a launch of Falcon 9 is costing $80m to $90m, launch of an Atlas costs $164m and a heavy launch of Delta IV costs $350m – the American government’s own accounting department believes that an average launch of the ULA is even more costly, at $400m per launching operation.
ULA is known for collaborating to establish a new, inexpensive U.S. built engine with Jeff Bezo’s space organization, Blue Origin, but it would take a lot of time to get ready.
Meanwhile, the Alliance has made efforts to push the Congress to lift the ban placed on Russian rockets, in an attempt to ensure that its existing monopolistic position, as far as the national security launching operations are concerned, is not replaced with that that of SpaceX.