Boeing, Lockheed Martin’S United Release Alliance Beats Spacex To Win Air Force Launch

United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, for the first time beat Elon Musk’s SpaceX in competition for an Air Force satellite launch, both launch companies said on Friday.
The mission performance required that we bid Falcon Heavy, SpaceX spokesman John Taylor wrote in an email to Reuters.
United Launch Alliance, which previously had a monopoly on launches, has not won a competition with SpaceX since the company won a contract for an Air Force launch business with a contract award in 2016.
We did submit a bid, but with the knowledge that our first Falcon Heavy flight might occur after the time of the award.
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy is expected to debut this year.

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