Leg up for SpaceX: US General backs Elon Musk’s reusable rocket technology


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A General of the US Air Force has said that it would be ‘absolutely foolish’ to not make use of the reusable rocket technology like the one that is being championed by SpaceX .

In an interview given to Bloomberg, General John W. “Jay” Raymond who heads the US Air Force Space Command said that he is committed to launching future missions using ‘recycled rockets.’

Speaking of the savings that can be achieved by the use of rockets such as Falcon 9 booster, Raymond said that “the market’s going to go that way. We’d be dumb not to…what we have to do is make sure we do it smartly.”

The General’s comments come at a time when the US is looking to cut down its military spending. It also highlights the improvement in the relationship between the US military establishment and Elon Musk led SpaceX. The two had earlier gotten into a legal dispute in regard with access to the national security launch market.

The tension started to diminish after SpaceX was granted certification for its Falcon 9 rocket. Soon the firm started to launch several military payloads including the secretive X-37B space plane for the Air Force.

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Several prominent officials from the air force have shown their approval towards the SpaceX program. However, the incorporation of reusable rockets to carry military payloads will become a reality only after the military establishment certifies the SpaceX technology as foolproof.