A version of this article appears in the July 21 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. Facing a protracted legal battle with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) over the company’s right to compete for national security launches, the U.S. Air Force is asking Congress for $100 million to fund an additional launch that would be open to bidders this year. The funding, which would be used to orbit the service’s 20th Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP-20) ...
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