Senate Could Hand SpaceX A Monopoly In Military Satellite Launches

July 16, 2014 4:03 AM

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Senate Could Hand SpaceX A Monopoly In Military Satellite Launches

If you have been following the controversy surrounding SpaceX’s efforts to break into the military launch market, then you know what founder Elon Musk’s big complaint is: lack of competition. Up until last week, only one provider of launch services was certified by the Air Force to loft military satellites into orbit. That provider, a joint venture of Boeing Boeing and Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin called United Launch Alliance (ULA), has enjoyed a de facto monopoly since its founding in 2006. Musk says this arrangement invites abuse, and is trying to overturn a 2012 sole-source award of 36 rocket cores to ULA.

(Disclosure: Boeing and Lockheed Martin contribute to my think tank; Lockheed is a consulting client.)

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