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SpaceX wins court order stopping U.S. Air Force from buying Russian-made engines

Delila James | Science Recorder | May 02, 2014

SpaceX wins court order stopping U.S. Air Force from buying Russian-made engines

SpaceX has won a preliminary injunction against the U.S. Air Force barring it from buying Russian-made rockets.

A judge at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday barring the U.S. Air Force and United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin Corp., from proceeding with planned purchases of Russian-made rocket engines.

Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk’s private aerospace company, Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, had filed a formal protest asking for the injunction as part of its claim that the Air Force had unfairly prevented it from bidding on an $11 billion contract to build 27 rockets in a way that was “dangerous, fiscally irresponsible, and offensive to American values.”

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