SpaceX Looks for Potential U.S. Military Contracts

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Space Force or No, SpaceX Is Talking to The Army—Further Expanding the Military-Industrial Complex.

SpaceX shares a partnership with NASA that seems like a good deal for mankind. They’re working on making reusable rockets to get scientists, astronauts, and communications equipment into space more easily and at a lower cost than ever before. Now, however, it appears that they’re ready to treat the U.S. Army as a customer as well. The immediate implications of SpaceX seeking potential U.S. military contracts aren’t clear. However, those contracts would surely mean increased stability for SpaceX. 

Musk himself has admitted that had some of the Starship tests not gone well, the company would have folded. Potential U.S. military contracts could help ensure the company never faces that kind of instability again. After all, when it comes to government contracts, there aren’t any purse strings larger than those belonging to the Department of Defense. 

What Kind of Deal?

Gwenne Shotwell, President and COO of SpaceX, held a press conference on Wednesday with military officials. They spoke about the modernization of the military, including space weapons and technology.

According to Shotwell, a deal would allow the Army access to both the Starship rocket and the Starlink satellite constellation.

The Army probably wouldn’t use Starship to launch weapons or satellites into space, though. A more probable use would be to use the ultra-powerful craft to deliver equipment to the other side of the earth at a much faster rate than current capabilities allow. 

SpaceX’s contact with the military itself isn’t new, as they’ve already courted the U.S. Air Force. With plans for a separate Space Force moving ahead, more potential U.S. military contracts may be waiting in the wings for SpaceX, however. 

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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