SpaceX Gains Altitude in D.C. Influence Game, Contracts

February 20, 2015 4:20 PM

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Last week, after several weather delays, the Deep Space Climate Observatory launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The rocket carrying DSCOVR, the Falcon 9, was built by SpaceX, a private aerospace company that has quickly become one of the top companies lobbying NASA over the last 10 years.

The observatory will monitor space weather — like solar flares that could wipe out energy grids and infrastructure — from an orbiting distance of 930,000 miles from Earth, or roughly four times farther than the moon.

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