A report released outlined the struggles that Space
Exploration Technologies and the US Air Force have been experiencing for the past few months. The report goes into explaining how SpaceX believes this certification process should be expedited due to their perfect track record for Falcon 9 and have been reluctant to provide large amounts of data. Air Force officials however are treating the certification as more of a “design review” for the rocket and suggesting technical changes to be made. On a similar note, Commander of Air Force Space
Command General John Hyten
testified before the House Armed Service Committee outlining the advantage that SpaceX competitor ULA has with their cost plus contract for infrastructure and engineering services. Hyten believes this government aid must be removed for “fair competition”.