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Elon Musk’s SpaceX drops the Air Force lawsuit. So what does that mean?

Elon Musk’s SpaceX drops the Air Force lawsuit. So what does that mean?


Elon Musk’s space launch association threw in a towel on a lawsuit opposite a Air Force, about dual weeks after a justice denied a competitor’s bid to get it tossed. Should we figure afterwards that a association is one step closer to competing for Air Force opportunities?








Jill R. Aitoro
Senior Staff Reporter- Washington Business Journal

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Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. threw in a towel on a lawsuit opposite a Air Force, about dual weeks after a justice denied a competitor’s bid to get it tossed. In return, SpaceX claims to have upped a chances for destiny launch opportunities, creation it seem that a compulsory acceptance by a Air Force is as good as done.

The preference to dump a lawsuit is a bit of a surprise, deliberation that it eliminates any possibility SpaceX had to obstacle a square of a military’s buying of 36 space launches underneath a Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program. And that unequivocally was Musk’s settled goal of a a protest, telling a press in Apr 2014 on filing a lawsuit that “these launches should be competed,” rather than divvied to United Launch Alliance, a one association that a Air Force has deemed competent to bid.

But in a expelled statement, SpaceX positions a preference to dump a lawsuit as a long-game tactic — one that did move a victory.

“Under a agreement, a Air Force will work collaboratively with SpaceX to finish a acceptance routine in an fit and judicious manner,” SpaceX remarkable in a Jan. 23 announcement. “The Air Force also has stretched a series of rival opportunities for launch services underneath a EELV module while honoring existent contractual obligations. Going forward, a Air Force will control competitions unchanging with a presentation of mixed approved providers.”

Read some-more from a Washington Business Journal here.

On a internal front, in Sep 2014, SpaceX and Boeing landed a $6.8 billion NASA agreement to ride astronauts to a International Space Station from Cape Canaveral.

Jill R. Aitoro covers sovereign contracting.



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