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Air Force Kicks Off 1st EELV Space Launch Competition in 10 Years

Space Launch SystemThe U.S. Air Force is seeking proposals from industry for a national security space launch system under a program with undisclosed terms, Defense News reported Wednesday.

Brian Everstine writes the service issued a request for proposal on Tuesday for the National Security Space mission in 2016.

Air Force spokeswoman Capt. Erika Yepsen said the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle competition is the first in 10 years and the service wants to “bring competition into the EELV program, ” according to the report.

SpaceX also announced Friday that the Air Force has certified the company’s Falcon 9 launch system for completing three flight tests as a requirement to pursue opportunities with the EELV Program.

SpaceX is set to obtain other certification requirements in late 2014.

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