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Air Force Approves SpaceX To Operate On Cape Canaveral Launch Site

File image of a SpaceX Falcon launch.
by Staff Writers
Peterson AFB CO (SPX) Apr 30, 2007
Air Force Space Command approved today the granting of a 5-year license allowing SpaceX to operate at a launch site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. 45th Space Wing will grant the license to SpaceX to operate on Space Launch Complex (SLC) 40, which is a deactivated Titan IV launch pad.

The initial 5-year real property license will contain standard government clauses to include provisions for non-exclusive joint use of SLC-40 by SpaceX. The government will retain the right to allow other entities to share in use of the launch site.

The license agreement will require SpaceX to pay for all improvements, construction, and maintenance associated with their operations at SLC-40.

"The SpaceX license agreement is a good news story for the Air Force and Nation," said Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, commander of Air Force Space Command. "These types of agreements encourage entrepreneurial space achievement which can benefit both the DoD and commercial space industries."

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ILS And Telesat Canada Sign Contract To Launch Nimiq 5 On Proton In 2009
McLean VA (SPX) Apr 27, 2007
International Launch Services (ILS) will launch its sixth satellite for Telesat Canada on a Proton Breeze M vehicle, under a contract the companies announced today. Financial terms were not disclosed. Telesat's Nimiq 5 is scheduled for a Proton launch in 2009 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Proton vehicle is built by ILS' Russian partner, Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center.

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