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Pentagon explores using militarized fleet of SpaceX rockets

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Leaked documents from the US Pentagon reveal it’s concerned with employing a fleet of SpaceX’s Starship rockets as a ‘quick response force’ to stop ‘a future Benghazi-style attack.’

The documents, obtained by The Intercept, were drafted by the Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), which formed a partnership with the Elon Musk-owned company to analyze the technical feasibility of using the large rocket inside the subsequent five years.

These militarized Starships would carry each cargo and humans and get to anywhere on this planet in lower than one hour.

The documents also highlight three potential uses for a fleet: an alternate transportation method to the Pacific Ocean, delivering an Air Forced deployable base and ‘Embassy Support.’

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Leaked documents from the US Pentagon reveal it’s concerned with employing a fleet of SpaceX’s Starship rockets as a ‘quick response force’ to stop ‘a future Benghazi-style attack.’ Picture is from the Pentagon documents 

SpaceX’s 165-foot-tall rocket has been on the US government’s radar for quite a while – last 12 months a report revealed the Air Force was seeking to employ its own fleet.

USTRANSCOM is on the lookout for a rocket that’s akin to a C-17 cargo plane, often called Globemaster III, which might carry as much as 170,900 kilos and airdrop 102 paratroopers.

And although the partnership continues to be very recent, the document highlights how the federal government branch would utilize a fleet of Starship rockets.

The primary use is TPFDD (Time Phased Force Deployment Data) support for Pacific OPLAN (Operation Plan).

Almost a decade ago, armed militants stormed a US government facility in Libya and killed 4 Americans, leading to an outcry that help arrived too late. Pictured is a shot of the aftermath in 2013 

‘PTP space transportation provides an alternate method for logistics delivery to support adaptive basing operations by enabling theater direct delivery,’ reads the document.

This scenario suggest the Starship could be used during a possible altercation with China, in line with Drive Tesla Canada.

The second use suggests SpaceX rockets could deliver an Air Force deployable air base system, described within the documents as ‘a set of shelters, vehicles, construction equipment and other gear that might be prepositioned across the globe and moved to anyplace the USAF must stand-up air operations.’

The third is Embassy Support, which notes ‘a rapid theater direct delivery capability from the U.S. to an African bare base would prove extremely necessary in supporting the Department of State’s mission in Africa,’ in line with the document.

Using a Starship, in line with the documents, ‘could deter non-state actors from aggressive acts toward the USA.’

And although the report doesn’t go into detail, suggesting the rocket would travel from the US to African may very well be their way of claiming to stop an attack just like the one in 2012.

Almost a decade ago, armed militants stormed a US government facility in Libya and killed 4 Americans, leading to an outcry that help arrived too late.

The concept of using the Starship means assistance will arrive in lower than 60 minutes.

Not only is the rocket in a position to carry a considerable amount of cargo, but its ability to be reused is what makes it so attractive – this feature reduces costs dramatically.

Nonetheless, the document shows that it cost SpaceX $2.1 billion per launch, which is a hefty price tag considering the Musk-owned company has lost six rockets during testing.

The idea of using the Starship means help will arrive in less than 60 minutes. Not only is the rocket able to carry a large amount of cargo, but its ability to be reused is what makes it so attractive – this feature reduces costs dramatically

The concept of using the Starship means assistance will arrive in lower than 60 minutes. Not only is the rocket in a position to carry a considerable amount of cargo, but its ability to be reused is what makes it so attractive – this feature reduces costs dramatically

And despite the fact that the Pentagon is interesting in obtaining its own fleet, SpaceX has yet to send one into space.

All testing of the Starship has been on hold since last 12 months, attributable to the Federal Aviation Administration conducting an assessment of activities at the corporate’s Starship base in Boca Chica, Texas.

Musk, nevertheless, shared a tweet on June 14 saying: ‘Starship might be able to fly next month. I used to be within the high bay & mega bay late last night reviewing progress.’

And in a second tweet that very same day he shared: ‘We can have a second Starship stack able to fly in August after which monthly thereafter.’

The huge rocket’s initial use is to hold humans to Mars to eventually colonize the Red Planet.

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