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SpaceX’s challenge of Air Force awards to Starship rivals to be rejected

Berlin, 27 September 2020. – SpaceX’s attempt to challenge U.S. Air Force’s contracts with rivals of SpaceX’s Starship for Moon and Mars missions is expected to be rejected, Reuters reported.

Despite an early August decision of the U.S. Air Force to award large, multi-billion dollar Phase 2 procurements to SpaceX and ULA, SpaceX had pressed ahead mid-August with its complaint. SpaceX opted to continue the lawsuit against the Air Force over the Starship bid, saying “substantial harm to SpaceX remains”.

On 25 September 2020, the Air Force announced to use, for the first time, SpaceX’s flight-proven Falcon 9 boosters for national security GPS programs.

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