The booster of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lands on the company’s barge after launching the Spaceflight SSO-A mission.


A previously secret lawsuit filed by SpaceX was revealed on Wednesday, as Elon Musk’s company challenged the Air Force awarding $2.3 billion in rocket development contracts last year to competitors Blue Origin, Boeing and Lockheed Martin joint venture United Launch Alliance and Northrop Grumman.

SpaceX filed the complaint on Friday but asked that the U.S. Court of Federal Claims keep the motion “under seal,” saying that “thee proceedings in this matter will involve SpaceX’s proprietary proposal information and source selection information that must be protected to safeguard the competitive process.”

The full SpaceX complaint alleges that the Air Force “wrongly awarded” the funds “to a portfolio of three unproven rockets based on unstated metrics.”

“By any reasonable measure, SpaceX earned a place in the LSA portfolio,” the complaint said.

Read the redacted complaint here.

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