|Photo: ULA Atlas V rocket launches USAF secret X-37B spacecraft. Credit: ULA|
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims lifted the preliminary injunction on United Launch Alliance’s (ULA’s) purchase of the RD-180 engines from Russian suppliers RD AMROSS and NPO Energomash after the Court received letters submitted by the U.S. Departments of State, Treasury and Commerce which stated that NPO Energomash is not subject to any of the current sanctions and that ULA’s continued purchase of the RD-180 does not directly or indirectly contravene the Ukraine sanctions.
“Sadly, SpaceX’s frivolous lawsuit caused unnecessary distraction of the executive and judicial branch and increased tensions with Russia during a sensitive national security crisis,” ULA said in a statement. “SpaceX’s actions are self-serving, irresponsible and have threatened the U.S.’s involvement with the International Space Station and other companies and projects working with Russian State entities.”
“We continue to hope that SpaceX will revisit its underlying lawsuit and the merits of its case,” ULA continued. “The fact remains, even today SpaceX is not certified to launch even one mission under the block buy contract — a contract that was authorized and announced more than two years ago, without objection by SpaceX, and is saving the U.S. taxpayers over $4 billion.”