SpaceX Won US Air Force Contract to Deliver Military Cargo and Aid
SpaceX has won a $102 million US Air Force contract for the transportation of military cargo and humanitarian aid around the world using a heavy rocket. According to a US government, System for Award Management, this contract is a part of the Air Force’s Rocket Cargo program, which includes monitoring the use of big commercial rockets for Department of Defense global logistics.
The contract does not specifically mention which SpaceX rocket will be used for the program. Greg Spanjers, Rocket Cargo program manager has said that the Department of Defense is interested in being able to deliver cargo anywhere in the world to support humanitarian aid.
He also said that the Air Force is exploring a wide range of landing options for rural sites as the majority of locations where disasters happen do not have commercial spaceports nearby. The Air Force is looking at awarding other launch vehicle providers contracts in the future to help with the programs.