The contract is part of the Air Force’s Rocket Cargo Program, which includes looking at the use of large commercial rockets for the Department of Defense global logistics, according to the System for Award Management, a US government website.
The website says the contract was awarded on Friday but was not made public until Tuesday. The contract does not specify which SpaceX rockets will be used for the program, Rocket Cargo Program Manager Greg Spangers told SpaceNews.
The Air Force and SpaceX did not immediately respond to an insider’s request for comments made outside US operating hours. Spanger told SpaceNews that DoD is interested in being able to deliver cargo anywhere in the world to support humanitarian aid.
From SpaceX’s launch and landing the Air Force will collect the environmental data needed for the program, Spangers told SpaceNews.
Most places where disasters happen do not have commercial spaceports, Spanger told SpaceNews, adding that the Air Force is exploring a greater range of landing options for rural sites.
Spanger told SpaceNews that the Air Force is looking at awarding contracts to other launch vehicle providers in the future to help with the program.
SpaceX has won a US Air Force contract worth more than $102 million to help transport military cargo and humanitarian aid around the world using a heavy rocket
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