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The USAir Force Space and Mis­sile Sys­tems Cen­ter has con­tracted SpaceX for a $130 mil­lion con­tract for the de­liv­ery of the Air Force Space Com­mand-52 satel­lite by Elon Musk’s Fal­con-Heavy Rocket. The launch ser­vice con­tract in­cludes launch ve­hi­cle pro­duc­tion and mis­sion as well as in­te­gra­tion, launch op­er­a­tions and space­flight wor­thi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties. The rel­a­tively low-cost price tag se­cured the deal for SpaceX’s Fal­con Heavy Rocket, beat­ing out main ri­val United Launch Al­liance by tens of mil­lions of dol­lars and earn­ing praise from the Air Force. The Heavy Fal­con can de­liver a pay­load of 70 tonnes to low-earth or­bit. The mil­i­tary launch is presently sched­uled to oc­cur in Septem­ber 2020 from Kennedy Space Cen­tre, Florida. the first state pro­cure­ment con­tract for 12 fifth-gen­er­a­tion fight­ers and de­liv­er­ies will start shortly. The Su-57 made its maiden flight eight years ago. CEO of Rus­sia’s United Air­craft Cor­po­ra­tion Yuri Slyusar said that the first batch of Su-57s could come into ser­vice in 2019.

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