Elon Musk settles with the US Air Force, smoothing the way for competition in spy-satellite missions

January 26, 2015 7:44 PM

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In the end, it took John Ashcroft to get the US Air Force and Elon Musk to play nice together.

SpaceX, Elon Musk’s rocket company, announced a settlement with the Air Force, ending a lawsuit that accused the military of unfairly awarding an $11 billion launch contract to United Launch Alliance, a Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture that is the sole contract provider of space access to the US...

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