Last week the Air Force called for the Federal Claims Court to dismiss the SpaceX lawsuit involving the block buy contract. This week, United Launch Alliance joined the Air Force in calling for the dismissal of the lawsuit. The Air Force claims that SpaceX was never an “actual or prospective bidder.”
Representatives Bill Posey (R-FL) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) have introduced the American
Space Technology for Exploring Resource Opportunities in Deep Space Act to the House. Posey stated the bill intends to “promote private exploration and protect commercial rights as [commercial space] endeavors move forward.” Specifically, the Act would allow companies to claim as property resources taken from asteroids.
The Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Commerce Committee will examine the US reliance on the Russian RD-180 this upcoming Wednesday. The witness list includes many experienced within the aerospace community, however, no launch provider is represented.