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SpaceX Cleared to Loft US Spy Satellites Using Reusable Boosters

  • US Space Force certifies Falcon Heavy rocket’s improvements
  • Elon Musk may gain a temporary edge over Boeing-Lockheed team
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Florida in 2019.
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Florida in 2019.Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has won certification from the Pentagon’s Space Force to use recyclable boosters on its Falcon Heavy rocket to launch top-secret spy satellites, according to the service.

It may give Musk’s insurgent company at least a temporary edge in its latest competition with a Boeing-Lockheed joint venture that once had a monopoly on the Defense Department’s satellite launches.