SpaceX will launch two Falcon 9 rockets for US Department of Defense for $ 160 million


Last updated on December 8th, 2022 at 02:52 pm

SpaceX will launch two Falcon 9 rockets for US Department of Defense for $ 160 million

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has won two contracts from the US Department of Defense totaling $ 160 million. This was reported on the Pentagon website. The company will conduct two Falcon 9 launches for the government. The essence of the upcoming flights has not been specified.


The exact cost of both contracts was $ 159.7 million. The missions were named USSF-36 and NROL-69 and will be completed by the end of 2023. The separate cost of contracts is also not named. The flights will be operated from two points: Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida.

This isn’t SpaceX’s first contract with the Pentagon. The previous company received it in October 2020. Then the authorities allocated $ 149 million for the development of satellites for tracking missiles. At the end of the year, the Ministry of Defense allocated another $ 150 million for satellites’ launch.

However, SpaceX is not the only company to receive government contracts. More launches, worth $ 224.2 million, went to United Launch Services (a joint venture between Boeing and the military-industrial company Lockheed Martin). These missions are named USSF-112 and USSF-87 and launched from Centennial in Colorado and Cape Canaveral in Florida.

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