U.S., SpaceX focus on second stage engine to wrap up certification

March 24, 2015 2:40 AM

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U.S., SpaceX focus on second stage engine to wrap up certification

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force said on Monday it was on track to certify privately held SpaceX to launch U.S. military and spy satellites by June, with the final efforts focused on qualifying the second stage engine and structure of its Falcon 9 rocket.

The Air Force said it had worked closely with Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, to map out the "relatively small amount of work" that needs to be done before completing the certification process.

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