SpaceX Wins An Injunction Against United Launch Alliance’s Purchase Of Russian Rockets

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After announcing last week that it would be filing suit against the U.S. Air Force over the government agency’s decision to award a contract for national defense-related rocket launches exclusively to the United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint-venture between aeronautics industry leaders Boeing and Lockheed-Martin, without entertaining competitive bids. Last night, SpaceX won a small but significant victory (via Ars Technica) in its efforts to fight the sole-sourcing of defense space work, by winning an injunction against the ULA regarding its purchase of Russian rockets.

ULA was using RD-180 rockets for its U.S. government launches with the Atlas V launch vehicle, one of two employed in its space launch operations. SpaceX’s complaint argues that these rockets, manufactured by NPO Energomash, is in fact a corporation wholly owned and operated by the Russian government, and as such, purchase and use of its rockets are in violation of America’s recently imposed sanctions against…

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