NSSL, LSA, OMG! Last week, SpaceX filed a lawsuit against the US Air Force over the Launch Service Agreement development contracts. We’re mere months away from bids being due for the National Security Space Launch Phase 2 launch contracts, so I figured now would be a good time to take a step back to explain what these programs are, why they matter, and why SpaceX is filing this lawsuit at this moment in time.
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- Crunch time: Rocket companies in all-out battle for Air Force award - SpaceNews.com
- SpaceX’s Redacted Filing (PDF, 4.2 MB)
- SpaceX launches new legal battle against U.S. Air Force - SpaceNews.com
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