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SpaceX Gets Injunction Against Russian Rocket Engines

By Keith Cowing
May 1, 2014
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Preliminary Injunction Issued Prohibits Further Purchases From NPO Energomash, SpaceRef Business
“A preliminary injunction was issued late yesterday in the matter of SpaceX vs The United States with one respect to the complaint. The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has prohibited the Air Force and United Launch Alliance (ULA) from “making any purchases from or payment of money to NPO Energomash” effectively blocking any further purchases of RD-180 engines used by ULA on the Atlas V.”
ULA statement from Kevin G. MacCary, United Launch Alliance General Counsel, in response to Preliminary Injunction Related to National Security
“ULA is deeply concerned with this ruling and we will work closely with the Department of Justice to resolve the injunction expeditiously. In the meantime, ULA will continue to demonstrate our commitment to our National Security on the launch pad by assuring the safe delivery of the missions we are honored to support.” 
Elon Musk’s SpaceX granted injunction in rocket launch suit against Lockheed-Boeing, Washington Post
“A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge issued an injunction late Wednesday prohibiting a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing from proceeding with plans to buy Russian-made rocket engines. Judge Susan G. Braden’s ruling came after SpaceX, a California-based rocket company, sued the federal government Monday, protesting the Air Force’s award of a lucrative space contract, saying it should have been competitively bid.”
Injunction Order text
Congressional Concerns Over Use of Russian Engines, earlier post
Building All-American Rocket Engines, earlier post

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