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Pentagon explores using militarized fleet of SpaceX rockets

Leaked documents from the US Pentagon show it is interested in using a fleet of SpaceX’s Starship missiles as a “rapid response force” to stop “a future Benghazi-style attack.”

The documentsobtained by The Interceptionwere prepared by the Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), which partnered with Elon Musk’s company to explore the technical feasibility of using the massive missile within the next five years.

These militarized spaceships would carry both cargo and people, arriving anywhere in the world in less than an hour.

The documents also highlight three potential uses for a fleet: an alternate mode of transportation to the Pacific, providing an Air Force deployable base, and “Embassy Support.”

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Leaked documents from the US Pentagon show it is interested in using a fleet of SpaceX's Starship missiles as a

Leaked documents from the US Pentagon show it is interested in using a fleet of SpaceX’s Starship missiles as a “rapid response force” to stop “a future Benghazi-style attack.” Image is from the Pentagon documents

SpaceX’s 50-foot rocket has been on the US government’s radar for quite some time — last year a report revealed that the Air Force was looking to build its own fleet.

USTRANSCOM is looking for a missile equivalent to a C-17 cargo plane, known as Globemaster III, that can carry up to 170,900 pounds and drop 102 paratroopers.

And while the partnership is still very new, the document highlights how the government branch would use a fleet of Starship missiles.

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

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Nearly a decade ago, armed militants stormed a US government facility in Libya and killed four Americans, sparking a protest that aid arrived too late. Pictured is a shot of the aftermath in 2013

“PTP space transport provides an alternative logistics delivery method to support adaptive base operations by enabling direct delivery through the theater,” the document reads.

This scenario suggests the spaceship would be used during a possible altercation with China, according to Drive Tesla Canada.

The second use suggests that SpaceX rockets could yield an air base system described in the documents as “a collection of shelters, vehicles, construction equipment and other equipment that can be placed around the world and moved to any place the USAF needs.” has. stand-up air operations.’

The third is Embassy Support, noting that “prompt direct delivery of theater from the US to a bare base in Africa would be extremely important in supporting the Department of State’s mission in Africa,” the document said.

According to the documents, the use of a spaceship could “deter non-state actors from taking aggressive actions against the United States.”

And while the report doesn’t go into detail, the suggestion that the US missile travels to Africa could be their way of stopping an attack like the one in 2012.

Nearly a decade ago, armed militants stormed a US government facility in Libya and killed four Americans, sparking a protest that aid arrived too late.

The idea of ​​using the spaceship means help will arrive within 60 minutes.

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

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

The idea of ​​using the spaceship means help will arrive within 60 minutes.  Not only can the rocket carry a large amount of cargo, but its ability to be reused is what makes it so attractive - this feature drastically reduces costs

The idea of ​​using the spaceship means help will arrive within 60 minutes. Not only can the rocket carry a large amount of cargo, but its ability to be reused is what makes it so attractive – this feature drastically reduces costs

And while the Pentagon is interesting in getting its own fleet, SpaceX has yet to send one into space.

All testing of the Starship has been suspended since last year as the Federal Aviation Administration conducted a review of operations at the company’s Starship base in Boca Chica, Texas.

However, Musk shared a tweet on June 14 that read: “Starship will be ready to fly next month. I was at the High Bay & Mega Bay late last night watching the progress.’

And in a second tweet that same day, he shared: “We will have a second Starship stack ready to fly in August and monthly thereafter.”

The first use of the huge rocket is to take humans to Mars to eventually colonize the Red Planet.

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