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SpaceX Drops Lawsuit Against US Air Force; Deborah Lee James Comments

Deborah Lee James
Deborah Lee James

SpaceX has dismissed a lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force after the service agreed to expand “competitive opportunities for launch services,” Defense News reported Friday.

Aaron Mehta writes the two parties reached an agreement under which the Air Force vows to procure launch services for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program through competitions “consistent with the emergence of multiple certified providers.”

The settlement, pending in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, also maintains the Air Force’s “existing contractual obligations,” according to the report.

SpaceX sued the service in April 2014 over the Air Force’s decision to pick United Launch Alliance as the sole provider of launch services for the EELV contract, Mehta reports.

Defense News reports the company will also collaborate with an Air Force panel to review the EELV program’s certification process.

“I have always been a huge proponent of competition and believe this is an important step in that direction,” Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said.

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