SpaceX wants to launch military payloads, protests Boeing and Lockheed dominance

SpaceX thinks it can help the United States government save $1 billion annually on national security space launches, but it’s not getting the chance thanks to a longstanding “monopoly” over such launches. CEO Elon Musk just announced that SpaceX is filing an official protest complaining about the ULA’s (United Launch Alliance) unfair grip on national security launches. More than anything else, he wants current deals reexamined.

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“Let’s shine some sunlight on this,” he said during a conference call. “As I’ve said, sunlight is the best disinfectant. If everything’s fine, then I guess that’s great. But that seems unlikely to me.” Musk said it would be “in the best interest of the American public” for the Air Force to cancel the 36-core…

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