SpaceX launches spy satellite for U.S. military

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (in center, in a horizontal position), is readied for launch on a supply mission to the International Space Station on historic launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX was poised on Tuesday to launch a new spy satellite for the U.S. military, marking what the space transportation company said was its first designated national security mission for the United States.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a roughly $500 million GPS satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp, was scheduled for lift off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral shortly after 9 a.m. (1700 GMT) local time, the U.S. Air Force said.

Tuesday’s launch, if successful, would be a victory for Musk, a billionaire entrepreneur who has tried for years to break into the market for lucrative military space launches long-dominated by incumbents Lockheed and Boeing Co.

SpaceX sued the U.S. Air Force in 2014 in protest over the military’s award of a multibillion-dollar, non-compete contract for 36 rocket launches to United Launch Alliance, a partnership between Boeing and Lockheed.

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