SpaceX is getting deeper into the national security game, and this time it's bringing its biggest rocket.
The US Air Force announced on Thursday it has awarded the company a $130 million (£98 million, AU$175 million) contract for launch services.
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy is set to deliver the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-52 satellite to orbit in 2020. This is a vote of confidence in the company's most powerful rocket system, which it by launching founder Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster into space.
The Air Force says the contract will provide a "total launch solution for this mission, which includes launch vehicle production, mission integration and launch operations." The mission is scheduled to launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
"On behalf of all of our employees, I want to thank the Air Force for certifying Falcon Heavy, awarding us this critically important mission, and for their trust and confidence in our company," SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said in a statement.
The Air Force already has a contract in place with SpaceX competitor United Launch Allliance to deliver two other satellites into orbit.
The new contract further solidifies SpaceX's involvement with the Air Force. The company reportedlycontract in March to launch three GPS satellites.in late 2017 using a Falcon 9 rocket and received a