Elon Musk Cries Foul After US Govt Chooses Rival Rockets Over SpaceX
Elon Musk’s SpaceX filed a lawsuit against the federal government, alleging the Air Force shouldn’t have awarded billions in contracts to other firms. | REUTERS / Thom Baur / File Photo
By CCN: Elon Musk must be feeling the pressure of his SpaceX and Tesla empires crumbling. SpaceX filed a lawsuit against the federal government, alleging the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center shouldn’t have awarded billions in contracts to other firms – including Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin.
Air Force Spots SpaceX’s Weaknesses
The Air Force evaluated proposals from SpaceX, Northrop Grumman, Blue Origin, and United Launch Alliance, the latter of which is a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing. Each of the three competitors had rockets that the Air Force preferred and thus handed out nearly $2.3 billion to those contractors over SpaceX.
The Air Force identified three weaknesses in SpaceX’s Starship rocket, which Musk’s company says resulted in an unfair comparison and evaluation of its product. These weaknesses, according to the lawsuit, involved “unstated criterion” in which the Starship rocket would be built “against current processing requirements for Government reference missions.”
This isn’t the first time Elon Musk sued the Air Force.
SpaceX Submitted a Lousy Bid
So what’s really going on?
There are likely two reasons why the Air Force dinged Elon Musk and SpaceX and one reason why Musk is suing.
The Air Force’s official reasons for rejecting SpaceX likely stem from an honest application of government rules and regulations to SpaceX’s proposal.