Last week, SpaceX dropped its lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force. SpaceX sued the U.S. Air Force last year after learning the Air Force was entering into exclusive agreements with government contractors that kept private companies from competing for national security launches.
The two parties have reached a settlement. SpaceX will drop its suit. In exchange, “the Air Force will work collaboratively with SpaceX to complete the certification process in an efficient and expedient manner,” according to a press release.
The Air Force is also expanding the number of launches under the EELV program. They will meet their existing obligations with ULA, but additional launches will be open for private companies to compete for.
This ‘collaborative effort’ between SpaceX and the Air Force will lay the foundation for the new entrant certification process. Other private space companies will also be able to compete for Air Force contracts.
Elon Musk Lands in Springfield
When he’s not running SpaceX or Tesla, Musk also has time for The Simpsons. On Sunday, he landed his spacecraft in the Simpson’s backyard. During the episode, Musk suffered from inventor’s block. Only Homer’s random ramblings seemed to inspire him.
Sunday’s show also poked some fun at Musk’s companies’ business models. When he introduced self-driving electric cars and the Hyperloop system in Springfield, he loses money.
A PowerPoint presentation also poked fun with headlines like “Makes no financial sense but it’s cool” and “A terrible sacrifice now that future generations may appreciate.” Check out the short clip below. You can watch the full episode at Fox, but you’ll need a cable subscription.
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