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#1 DocM

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 19:19

They still need to finish the work at Vandenberg and pad 39A to do vertical integration.

Air Force Certifies Falcon 9 Flights

The Air Force has certified SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch system as having conducted three successful flights, a prerequisite for companies seeking to win business from the Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Program.

Under Air Force standards, SpaceX is already qualified to compete for EELV missions, but SpaceX must also be certified by the Air Force before any contract can be awarded to the company. Meeting the criteria for successful flights is a key milestone in the certification process.

SpaceX expects to satisfy the remaining certification requirements later this year.




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Posted 11 July 2014 - 19:38

NICE!

Is vertical integration the only requirement left for SpaceX?

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 21:01

Just about. Vandenberg started construction right after the CASSIOPE launch and 39A is a very busy place. Lots of heavy construction gear. Boca Chica next.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 21:27

good news



#5 bguy_1986

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 14:45

Just about. Vandenberg started construction right after the CASSIOPE launch and 39A is a very busy place. Lots of heavy construction gear. Boca Chica next.

Any pictures of progress at 39a?



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Posted 14 July 2014 - 16:14

I'll check for any that can he published. Right now they're removing the Shuttle Mobile Launch Platform's 6 support pedestals etc.