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Falcon 9 Upgrade gets Air Force OK to launch military satellites

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Falcon 9 Upgrade gets Air Force OK to launch military satellites
Falcon 9 in SpaceX's Cape Canaveral hangar in advance of the Orbcomm OG2 Mission 1. Credit: SpaceX

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Air Force has certified the latest version of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, known as the Falcon 9 Upgrade, to launch national security satellites, the Air Force said Jan. 25.

The Falcon 9 Upgrade, which made its maiden launch in December, includes increased thrust, an improved stage separation system and a stretched upper stage that can hold additional propellant.

The new certification allows SpaceX to use its most up-to-date rocket to bid to launch military and spy satellites. The Air Force is expected to put roughly four launch contracts up for bid later this year. United Launch Alliance, which uses the Atlas 5 and Delta 4 rockets, is the only other provider certified to launch so-called EELV-class national security satellites.

Last June, after a nearly two-year process, the Air Force certified a previous version of the Falcon 9 rocket known as v1.1. That version is expected to receive limited use in the future.

“The certification process provides a path for launch-service providers to demonstrate the capability to design, produce, qualify, and deliver a new launch system and provide the mission assurance support required to deliver [national security space] satellites to orbit,” Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, the commander of the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center, said in a Jan. 25 press release.  “This gives the Air Force confidence that the national security satellites will safely achieve the intended orbits with full mission capability.”

The new certification is also evidence of SMC’s efforts to work more closely with its launch providers. After the initial certification process strained the relationship between Air Force and SpaceX officials, both sides have said they have a better understanding of how the other works. The updated certification, the Air Force said, was due in part to recommendations from an independent review committee that suggested the service allow for updated technology based on demonstrated capabilities.

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Grumman Moon Suit, 1960, concept proposal for lunar…

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Grumman Moon Suit, 1960, concept proposal for lunar…

Grumman Moon Suit, 1960, concept proposal for lunar exploration
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Finally! I got 6 planets all in one…

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Finally! I got 6 planets all in one…

Finally! I got 6 planets all in one image.
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What You Didn’t Know About Scott Kelly and Living in Space (Floating Urine is Involved)

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What You Didn’t Know About Scott Kelly and Living in Space (Floating Urine is Involved)

First Ever NASA Reddit AMA from Space Recap

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NASA astronaut Scott Kelly hosted a Reddit Ask Me Anything on Jan. 23 where people, well, asked him anything.

Kelly answered a range of questions from whether the crew members play space pranks on one another (“Occasionally…” Kelly said without elaboration.) to whether Kelly’s recovery plan will be different than normal (“I think my rehab plan is the same as if I were here for 6 months, but I’m not positive.”).

To start off, here are a few quick facts we learned about Kelly during the AMA:

  • The advice he would’ve given himself before going into space on day 1 would be to pack lighter.
  • His favorite David Bowie song is “Modern Love,” and his favorite non-space related movie is “The Godfather." 
  • He uses a Nikon D4 when taking pictures (camera settings and lenses vary).
  • He thought it was cool to watch the movie "Gravity” while he was on the space station, because that’s where the movie took place.
  • Once he lands, Kelly will miss the challenge of being aboard the space station the most.

Here are a few fun questions that astronaut Scott Kelly answered:

What’s the creepiest thing you’ve encountered while on the job?

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Could a rogue spaceship sneak up on the space station?

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We finally got an answer for one thing so many of you have been curious about…why does Scott Kelly always fold his arms?

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When astronauts go up to space, they experience something very few others have and see Earth from a very unique perspective. What’s one thing Kelly will do differently once he returns home?

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Kelly also told one user something unusual about being in space that people normally don’t think about: feet calluses.

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Another user wanted to know what the largest societal misconception about space/space travel is. According to Kelly, it has nothing to do with science.

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To read the entire Reddit AMA with Kelly, visit his IAmA thread.

Kelly’s #YearInSpace ends Mar. 2. Follow him until the end of the journey (and beyond) on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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