US military rocket cargo program for SpaceX’s Starship and others


Starship prototype SN10 fires its three Raptor engines as it comes in for the landing.


The U.S. Air Force is expanding a small development program that wants to leverage reusable rockets, like those SpaceX is building, to deliver cargo quickly to anywhere in the world.

Called Rocket Cargo, the experimental military program will be led by the U.S. Space Force, the Pentagon announced on Friday. The program will research and help develop capabilities such as landing “a rocket on a wide range of non-traditional materials and surfaces,” engineering “a rocket cargo bay and logistics for rapid loading and unloading,” and air-dropping “cargo from the rocket after re-entry in order to service…


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