SpaceX Says ULA Must Prove RD-180 Money Doesn’t Go to Rogozin

May 8, 2014 8:15 PM

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WASHINGTON — A key issue in the lawsuit filed by rocket maker Space Exploration Technologies Corp. challenging a U.S. Air Force contract with rival United Launch Alliance appears to be whether money associated with the contract winds up in the hands of a high-ranking Russian government official who has been hit with U.S. sanctions.

The lawsuit, originally filed April 28 in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, took an unexpected turn April 30 when the judge handling the case issued an injunction temporarily barring ULA and the Air Force from buying the Russian-built engines that power the company’s Atlas 5 rocket. The plaintiff di...

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