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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 certified for NASA’s most critical scientific missions

9 Nov 2018, 10:00 UTC
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 certified for NASA’s most critical scientific missions
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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has been certified by NASA for Category 3 status. Photo Credit: Scott Schilke / SpaceFlight Insider
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket continues to shine in the eyes of the public, fans and those who have payloads that they need sent to orbit. NASA has now deemed the rocket worthy to carry some of its most important missions.
On Nov. 8, 2018, SpaceX announced that the U.S. space agency’s Launch Services Program (LSP) certified the rocket as a Category 3 launch vehicle. What does this mean?
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 is now in a rather exclusive club. The rocket can now be used to send NASA’s most expensive and most complex scientific missions on the first leg of their destinations.
“LSP Category 3 certification is a major achievement for the Falcon 9 team and represents another key milestone in our close partnership with NASA,” SpaceX’s President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell said via a company-issued release. “We are honored to have the opportunity to provide cost-effective and reliable launch services to the country’s most critical scientific payloads.”
With most payloads that voyage into the black of space costing millions of dollars, ensuring the ...

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