SpaceX, the private aerospace venture headed by Tesla creator Elon Musk, announced that it would fly one of its planes for the U.S. Air Force in August 2017. This is not the first time SpaceX has worked with the government agency. U.S. News and World Report noted that the company first won a contract last year to launch a GPS satellite in 2018.
SpaceX has also worked with the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The company launched its first rocket for the office this year.
For the launch scheduled for August, SpaceX will be sending off an unmanned X-37B spy craft into space. Typically, these shuttles travel for more than a year at a time. This signals good news for SpaceX, who offered a more affordable price tag next to United Launch Alliance. Bloomberg observed that the private company now has contracts for both the Department of Defense, as well as NASA.
SpaceX continues to strive to make interstellar travel available and affordable to consumers as well as focusing on its work with the U.S. government.