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posted by Fnord666 on Monday June 07, @11:41PM   Printer-friendly
from the speedy-delivery dept.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/06/the-military-wants-to-use-rockets-for-cargo-delivery-anywhere-on-earth/

The Air Force confirmed a strong interest in delivery of cargo around the world—by rockets—during an hourlong conference call with reporters on Friday. Military officials said they were elevating the cargo initiative to become the newest "Vanguard Program," indicating a desire to move the concept from an experimental state into an operational capability.

"This idea has been around since the dawn of spaceflight," said Dr. Greg Spanjers, an Air Force scientist and the Rocket Cargo Program Manager. "It's always been an intriguing idea. We've looked at it about every 10 years, but it's never really made sense. The reason we're doing it now is because it looks like technology may have caught up with a good idea."

Ars first reported about the "Rocket Cargo" program in the Air Force's budget request on Monday. As part of its $200 billion annual budget, the Air Force is seeking $47.9 million to leverage emerging commercial rocket capabilities to launch cargo from one location and land elsewhere on Earth.

During Friday's call, the officials explained what they're looking for in more depth. "Fundamentally, a rocket can get around the world in 90 minutes, and an airplane cannot," Spanjers said.

Previously:
The US Military is Starting to Get Really Interested in Starship


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  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Tuesday June 08, @02:13PM (3 children)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 08, @02:13PM (#1143125) Journal

    Trump promised that if Hillary had won the 2016 election there would end up being a taco truck on every street corner.

    Where is my taco truck?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 08, @04:15PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 08, @04:15PM (#1143181)

    Yours is scheduled to be the first Tesla Taco Truck(tm) in space.

  • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Tuesday June 08, @04:33PM (1 child)

    by Freeman (732) on Tuesday June 08, @04:33PM (#1143189) Journal

    I don't know about you, but there are lots of Taco trucks around these parts.

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    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Tuesday June 08, @04:41PM

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 08, @04:41PM (#1143191) Journal

      Not here unfortunately.

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