SpaceX will use “second-hand” rockets to launch satellites for the US space force

According to the US “Space News” website on September 26, the US space force announced on September 25 that the US space X company’s Falcon 9 rocket will launch the US Army’s GPS satellite for the first time next year. SpaceX reached an agreement with the U.S. space and Missile Systems Center earlier this month to launch two GPS satellites next year using a “second-hand” falcon rocket, according to the report. The U.S. space and Missile Systems Center said it would save the U.S. government more than $52 million in launch costs. < / P > < p > although SpaceX often recycles and reuses rocket hardware in its commercial and NASA missions, the U.S. military has only recently begun to allow SpaceX to use recycled boosters in GPS satellite launches. On June 30, the company launched the third GPS-3 spacecraft with a brand-new Falcon 9 rocket, and successfully recovered the rocket. The constellation’s fourth satellite is due to be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida on September 29, using a brand-new Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX will use recycled boosters for the 5th and 6th GPS satellites to be launched next year. “I am excited by SpaceX’s innovative application of its rocket recovery technology to national security space launch programs,” John Thompson, commander of the U.S. space and Missile Systems Center, said in a statement “We thank the U.S. space forces for their efforts in the evaluation process and are pleased to see the benefits of this technology,” Gwen schottwell, President and chief operating officer of SpaceX, said in a statement < / P > < p > in order to achieve cost savings by reusing boosters, the U.S. space and Missile Systems Center postponed the fifth launch of GPS-3 from January 2021 to July to allow time for design verification.