1. SpaceX awarded first Air Force satellite launch contract

    SpaceX awarded first Air Force satellite launch contract

    Someone other than Centennial-based United Launch Alliance has a contract to launch a national security satellite for the U.S. Air Force for the first time in 10 years. Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Inc., or SpaceX, won an $82.7 million contract from the Air Force on Wednesday. The contract pays to launch the second orbiter of a new generation of global positioning system satellites. The launch is slated for May, 2018. “This GPS III Launch Services contract award achieves a balance…

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