Elon Musk, SpaceX Suing Federal Gov’t Over Rocket Contract
Curator of brands like Tesla, PayPal, SpaceX, and many more, Elon Musk is taking the federal government to court. In a lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force, the case will be centered around SpaceX, and a $7.2B contract allotted to another space venture program. According to CNN, the United Launch Alliance, a venture carried out by Boeing, won the $7.2B contract set out by the U.S. Air Force to continue launch operations of federal GPS satellites into space. This contract, Musk says, “essentially blocks companies like SpaceX from competing for national security launches.” RELATED: See Photos of the 2015 Tesla Model R Concept
Musk also claims that the United Launch Alliance is an expense of “billions of dollars, for no reason” to taxpayers when SpaceX rockets provide a much cheaper alternative.
Right now, the alleged suit is in the process of being finalized by Musk and SpaceX officials, and is expected to be filed sometime this week. You may remember that SpaceX already has a $1.6B contract with the U.S. government in order to launch a number of unmanned cargo ships to the International Space Station. Whether this lawsuit will affect the existing contract is unlikely.
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