U.S. Air Force secretary upbeat on SpaceX certification

January 15, 2015 1:19 AM

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U.S. Air Force secretary upbeat on SpaceX certification

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James said on Wednesday she was disappointed that SpaceX was not certified to launch military and spy satellites by the end of December as hoped, but added she was confident the company would complete the process soon.

James said the Air Force remained committed to completing the certification process as quickly as possible in order to reintroduce competition to a market now dominated by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, the Pentagon's two largest suppliers.

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