SpaceX to launch classified payload for agency that usually works with Colorado's ULA

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - SpaceX plans to launch its Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral on April 30, and this launch may be a bit more important than its previous ones.

The Hawthorne, Calif.-based rocket company will deliver a classified payload for the U.S. government's National Reconnaissance Office — an agency that usually works with Centennial-based rival rocket company United Launch Alliance.

The payload called NROL-76 — for which the contents are unknown, like that of many NRO missions — is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral's launch pad 39-A between 7 and 9 a.m.
   
Success of this launch for SpaceX is a big deal because it will help establish its ability to handle national security launches for a cheaper price than ULA. SpaceX fought to be able to compete for military and spy agency launch contracts, contracts for which ULA had been the only option since it was formed in 2006.
 

Read more at the Denver Business Journal: http://bizj.us/1p52ya

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