AIUI, NASA LSP certifies particular launch vehicle configurations in three risk categories. The requirements for category 1 look pretty easy to meet. Has FH been certified as category 2? Category 3?
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has won certification from the Pentagon’s Space Force to use recyclable boosters on its Falcon Heavy rocket to launch top-secret spy satellites, according to the service.<snip>The certification for SpaceX -- which was issued in June but not previously disclosed -- allows the recyclable first-stage side boosters to be used in sensitive national security launches requiring power performance beyond that of the company’s original Falcon 9. The Space Force found that the “recovery, refurbishment, and launch of SpaceX boosters utilizes well-established processes,” the service said in a statement.
Are NASA Category 3 vehicles used for nuke payloads?
What would be the most logical reason as to why there were Falcon Heavy payload readiness delays?Is it that the Space Force (i.e. USSF-44 and USSF-52) doesn't feel confident about going on Falcon Heavy, or could it be some sort of undisclosed manufacturing defect?
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1563760585363185664QuoteSqueezing extra performance out of Falcon 9 – almost at 17 metric tons to an actual useful orbit with booster & fairing reusable!
Squeezing extra performance out of Falcon 9 – almost at 17 metric tons to an actual useful orbit with booster & fairing reusable!