U.S. Air Force 'pretty optimistic' about SpaceX certification

November 19, 2014 6:43 PM

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U.S. Air Force 'pretty optimistic' about SpaceX certification

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. Air Force official on Wednesday said she is "pretty optimistic" that privately held Space Exploration Technologies will eventually be certified to launch U.S. military satellites into orbit but declined comment on the timing of such an action.

The Air Force is working closely with the company, also known as SpaceX, to satisfy a series of requirements that would allow it to compete to launch costly and sensitive U.S. military and intelligence satellites.

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