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SpaceX sees U.S. Army as possible customer for Starlink and Starship

16 Oct 2019, 19:30 UTC
SpaceX sees U.S. Army as possible customer for Starlink and Starship
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WASHINGTON — SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell appeared on a panel Wednesday alongside U.S. Army leaders who talked about their efforts to modernize the force and bring more innovation into military procurement.
Shotwell knew she was speaking to an audience that may not know much what SpaceX does or why she was sitting on that panel on the final day of the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference.
“SpaceX is new to this forum and this service,” she said.
Shotwell then shared with the audience a bit of the history of SpaceX and mentioned that the company’s goal is to build “transportation systems” that are reliable and low cost.
After the panel, Shotwell told SpaceNews that SpaceX views the Army as a potential customer both for its next-generation Starship space vehicle and for its low Earth orbit broadband constellation Starlink.
“We’re talking to the Army about Starlink and Starship,” she said without elaborating further.
The Starship spacecraft and Super Heavy rocket — collectively referred to as Starship — are being developed as a reusable transportation system to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the moon and Mars. The Army does not launch big satellites ...

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