Michael Sheetz+ Your Authors @thesheetztweetz Space Reporter @CNBC | pitches [email protected]i.com | DM for cell, WhatsApp, Signal, ProtonMail | formerly @DJNF @ESTribune | alumnus @TheKingsCollege Feb. 22, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Dr. Will Roper, the head of U.S. Air Force acquisitions, says the branch will have a “massive” demonstration event on April 8 that will include testing applications of SpaceX’s #Starlink satellites to “a greater degree,” connecting to platforms both in the air and on land.

The Air Force already tested Starlink satellites by linking them to military aircraft in flight, reporting early favorable results.

Gen. John Raymond has notably visited SpaceX’s Starlink factory in Redmond, WA.
 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spacex-starlink-airforce-idUSKBN1X12KM 

“SpaceX has been a great industry partner for us," Roper told reporters on Friday.

"They are very excited, and we are excited to learn more about their satellites through the demonstration."  https://www.investors.com/news/spacex-starlink-satellites-virgin-orbit-massive-live-fire-air-force-exercise/ 

Roper also said the Air Force is in talks with Virgin Orbit about including the company’s LauncherOne rocket in the test.

“It helps us think about, how would the force be different if we’re able to launch satellites on demand?” Roper said.
 https://www.defensedaily.com/roper-air-forces-massive-second-abms-demo-include-live-fire-exercises/air-force/ 


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