The Pentagon General Inspector declared that he will begin an assessment of the Air Force certification of SpaceX's primary launch vehicles, Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, years after a legal fight led to the company's victory founded by Elon Musk.  "Our goal is to determine if the US Air Force complied with the Launch Services Certification Guide for new entrants when it certified the launch system design for the Evolx Expendable Launch Vehicle-class launch vehicles. SpaceX Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, "said Inspector General
SpaceX's Air Force certification in 2015 allowed the company to recruit military cargo, leading competition in the field of space launches dominated by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between major defense contractors Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. At that time, Musk said it was entering the launch business in part to end a monopoly on military space launches
This month, the memorandum said, and will be undertaken at the Space and Missile Systems Center in El Segundo, California.
The memo to Wilson was signed by Michael Roark, vice for intelligence and evaluations of the special program. He did not give a reason for what prompted the evaluation. Bruce Anderson, a spokesperson for the inspector general, did not have an immediate comment on what led to the assessment.
SpaceX officials did not want to comment. The spokesman of the Air Force Brigadier General Edward Thomas said that the service did not have an immediate comment.
The Air Force certified the Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX to transport military satellites after a bitter feud between Musk and the service. As a result, SpaceX has agreed to abandon a lawsuit for US contracts for launching military satellites assigned to the ULA joint venture.
From the certification, SpaceX won two competitions against the ULA, including work to launch the nation's first GPS III satellite, which occurred in December.
by Tony Capaccio