"The biggest threat to our success is that we move too slowly and avoid change." In June, the previously flying Falcon 9 amplifier installed a new GPS satellite for the US Space Force. This was a turning point for the US military and the concept of reusable missiles, harnessing half a billion dollars' worth of satellite space technology into new technology.
Now, thanks to news from the US Space Force, we have very little information on why the Space Force is leaning toward reusable rockets and other innovative technologies from companies like SpaceX.
The use of a refurbished tweeter - which launched the first special stage of GPS III in November 2020 - saves space powers. The US government saved $52 million by agreeing to launch two new GPS III satellites on used rockets. The Space Force said that this is certainly welcome, and we are pleased to be able to increase the launch speed.Read more SpaceX to break the final limits of reuse by launching a national defense
However, the most important factor, according to the commander of the US Space Forces, is the use of US innovations.
“Although innovation and speed inevitably come with risk, the greatest threat to our success is to move too slowly and avoid change.” John C. Raymond, the head of space operations, is at large. "This launch proves that the Space Force will innovate intelligently to increase our national advantage in the contested space environment." Space officials worked with SpaceX technicians to better understand the hardware and reuse the process. It was an opportunity for the military to learn, and it made them more comfortable with SpaceX and its efforts to push the boundaries of reuse. Advertisements
This isn't the first time that SpaceX has forced the US military to innovate. As part of the "Future Range" program, the US Air Force recently agreed to test and certify an automated flight termination system for launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
In addition, the Army has expressed interest in SpaceX's "Starship" program, which seeks to develop a highly durable and reusable elevator rocket. As part of the new "missile carry" program, the Air Force is seeking to use emerging commercial missile capabilities to transport cargo from one location and land elsewhere on Earth. "She's always had some interesting ideas," said Greg Spangers, Air Force scientist and director of the Rocket Cargo program earlier this year. We've reviewed it every 10 years, but it never makes sense. The reason we're doing this now is because the technology seems to have come up with a good idea. "
The US military has a reputation for taking a weak approach to high-risk activities, but one advantage of creating a US Space Force appears to have been in line with radical ideas.
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