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California Space Mafia Needles the Air Force

Sandra Erwin, for SpaceNews:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) are calling for an independent review of the Air Force’s space launch procurement strategy. They contend that the Air Force, in an effort to broaden the launch playing field, is putting SpaceX at a competitive disadvantage.

In a Feb. 4 letter addressed to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, Feinstein and Calvert — both with strong ties to the space industry — argue that the path the Air Force has chosen to select future launch providers creates an unfair playing field. Although SpaceX is not mentioned in the letter by name, it is clear from the lawmakers’ language that they believe the company is getting a raw deal because, unlike its major competitors, it did not receive Air Force funding to modify its commercial rockets so they meet national security mission requirements.

This shit is as annoying as when the Alabama Space Mafia does the same sort of thing.

Moments like these reinforce the natural way of things: one day SpaceX will be the entrenched player angling to keep the new entrants out.

And it’s not Vulcan or Omega that SpaceX is worried about.