SpaceX, ULA Awarded  Launch Contracts

Eight More US Military

The US military has awarded

 providers SpaceX and the ULA another eight launch contracts worth a total of $846 million

The US SSC announced the

 decision on May 26th, providing some basic information about which missions were going to which provider.

US military awarding complex,

high-performance missions to ULA’s Vulcan Centaur, a rocket that has never flown and is unlikely to debut before 2023.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket,

which is the most flown and most statistically reliable rocket currently in operation

ULA’s Vulcan Centaur rocket was

 assigned GPS III SV07 ; WGS-11, a geostationary military communications satellite; and USSF-16, USSF-23, and USSF-43, which are classified and unidentified.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket

 was assigned USSF-124 (headed to low Earth orbit), USSF-62, and SDA Tranche 1

Mars Helicopter Marks 

New Flight Records