A federal claims judge has granted an injunction sought by SpaceX’s Elon Musk that prohibits the Air Force from granting a contract to an American group planning on purchasing Russian rockets. In a lawsuit, Elon Musk said that the government’s contract to a joint Boeing-Lockheed venture was not competitive and that the venture’s plan to purchase Russian rockets went against the spirit of new U.S. sanctions against that country for its incursion into Ukraine.
“This is not SpaceX protesting and saying these launches should be awarded to us,” stated Musk at a news conference announcing the lawsuit. “We?re just saying these launches should be competed. If we compete and lose, that?s fine. But why would they not even compete it? That doesn?t make sense.”
The federal claims court agreed and ruled “the public interest and national defense and security concerns that underlie Executive Order 13,661 warrant issuance of a preliminary injunction in this case that prohibits.”