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Blue Origin and ULA subsidiary weigh in on multibillion-dollar SpaceX rocket lawsuit

22 May 2019, 15:01 UTC
Blue Origin and ULA subsidiary weigh in on multibillion-dollar SpaceX rocket lawsuit
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Blue Origin’s BE-4 rocket engine, shown here during a test firing in Texas, is being developed for use on Blue Origin’s New Glenn rocket as well as United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan rocket. (Blue Origin Photo)
Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture and a subsidiary of United Launch Alliance want to intervene in what’s now understood to be a SpaceX lawsuit protesting a $2.3 billion rocket development award to three other companies — including Blue Origin and United Launch Alliance plus Northrop Grumman.
On Tuesday, Blue Origin and United Launch Services filed motions in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to intervene in SpaceX’s lawsuit against the federal government. They said neither SpaceX nor the government objected to their taking part. The judge in the case, Lydia Kay Griggsby, has not yet ruled on the motions.
Like United Launch Alliance, the United Launch Services subsidiary is a 50-50 joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin. We’ve reached out to ULA as well as Blue Origin for comment, and will update this report with anything we hear back.
According to the court documents, government lawyers informed both companies on Monday that they were interested parties in the lawsuit that SpaceX ...

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