SpaceX has revolutionized the business of building rockets in less than two decades. Since 2002, SpaceX's reusable rocket technology has become the backbone of NASA's space program. However, despite the remarkable successes of SpaceX, the hypercompetitive space industry has repeatedly generated friction between the Elon Musk company and the United States government.
SpaceX wants its latest protest against the US federal government UU Stay secret, which means that your accusations will not be made public.
In a motion filed with the Federal Claims Court late last week, SpaceX said privacy was necessary because the lawsuit contains "confidential and proprietary information and source selection information that is not appropriate for disclosure to the public."
SpaceX also filed its complaint against the government, with multiple exhibits attached, under seal.
The court will decide if the complaint and other documents will remain sealed.
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The Federal Claims Court receives petitions against the federal government, including contractual claims and bid protests.
It was not clear from the presentation of the public procurement program that the company is preparing for the challenge, but it comes when the US Air Force. UU It prepares to grant lucrative launch contracts for billions of dollars.
Last year, SpaceX lost an initial round of financing that the Air Force granted to help companies develop their rockets to meet the stringent requirements of launching national security satellites.
The founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, revealed that his company had submitted an offer for that contract, but his proposal "did not reach the mark," according to a Pentagon review.
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While SpaceX lost funding, three of its competitors, United Launch Alliance, Northrop Grumman and Jeff Bezos Blue Origin, shared more than $ 2 billion for their rockets.
The Air Force is expected to choose two companies next year that would split Pentagon launches.
And this acquisition has already triggered a political battle in Washington.
Since losing in the first round of financing, SpaceX was concerned that it was at a disadvantage when it came time to choose the two providers.
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Meanwhile, Blue Origin has been pushing the Pentagon and members of Congress to slow down acquisitions, since its rocket will not be ready to fly next year.
SpaceX has previously sued the government for acquisitions several times.
In 2014, SpaceX sued the Air Force in the latest round of military launch contracts, arguing that it should be allowed to compete against the United Launch Alliance, which maintained a monopoly on contracts for a decade.
Finally, the Air Force and SpaceX resolved the case and, since then, SpaceX has won several lucrative contracts, including those with the US space agency NASA.