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[i]Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle, commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory, said AFRL and the U.S Space Force will collaborate on the rocket cargo project. She said it could take several years of research and experimentation before rocket cargo can become operational. "This newest Vanguard has the support of the entire Department of the Air Force," Pringle said.[/i]
[i]"We don't see SpaceX as being the only viable provider of this capability," he said, declining to name other companies. Spanjers suggested that any company developing lunar lander vehicles for NASA could adapt them so they could land in austere terrains on Earth and drop off cargo.
The vehicles would have to go into an orbital or a suborbital trajectory to bring the payload back down and land it, Spanjers said. "There are multiple companies that have that technological capability today, not just SpaceX."[/i]
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