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The USAir Force Space and Missile Systems Center has contracted SpaceX for a $130 million contract for the delivery of the Air Force Space Command-52 satellite by Elon Musk’s Falcon-Heavy Rocket. The launch service contract includes launch vehicle production and mission as well as integration, launch operations and spaceflight worthiness activities. The relatively low-cost price tag secured the deal for SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket, beating out main rival United Launch Alliance by tens of millions of dollars and earning praise from the Air Force. The Heavy Falcon can deliver a payload of 70 tonnes to low-earth orbit. The military launch is presently scheduled to occur in September 2020 from Kennedy Space Centre, Florida.