Top general says reliability trumps rocket costs

May 21, 2014 2:01 PM

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The head of U.S. Air Force Space Command pushed back Tuesday against accusations the service was excluding SpaceX from competing for lucrative military satellite launches, saying the Air Force was committing $60 million and scores of engineers to certify the commercial rocket company to put critical and costly national security payloads into orbit.

File photo of Gen. William Shelton. Credit: Space Foundation "When you're spending $60 million and putting 100 people against the problem to get somebody certified, it's hard to say you're excluding them," said Gen. William Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command. "They cannot compete -- wil...

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