Elon Musk says he lost a multi-billion-dollar contract when SpaceX didnâ€™t hire a public official.
Geege Schuman stashed this in SpaceX
Muskâ€™s tweets yesterday focused on what happened next: The man who awarded ULAÂ the contract, defense officialÂ Roger â€śScottâ€ť Correll, wasÂ hired soon after his retirement to handleÂ government relationsÂ at Aerojet Rocketdyne, a company that builds rocket engines for ULA.Â Musk didnâ€™t mince words online when offering his interpretation of events:
V likely AF official Correll was told by ULA/Rocketdyne that a rich VP job was his if he gave them a sole source contract
One good thing about Elon Musk: He is bold and unapologetic.
He has cause, and an ally.
Senator John McCainÂ has also writtenÂ to defense department officials raising questions about how the contracts were awarded and asking for a full investigation. Given the huge cost disparitiesÂ between the two companiesâ€”SpaceX launches cost about $100 million, while ULA launches cost two to four times as muchâ€”taxpayers are likely to be interested, too.
While former government officials transitioning to the defense industry isnâ€™t unusual or necessarily illegal, negotiations over such jobs before retirement would raise legal and ethical questions.
Itâ€™s easy to see this complaint as sour grapes from a losing competitor. After missing out on the contract, Muskâ€™s companyÂ challenged the result in court, arguing thatÂ it was awarded without competition. Musk has also pointed out that the deal requires purchases of rockets from Russiaâ€™s aerospace industry, whose leaders are currently facing US sanctions for their role in annexing Crimea. A court ruling in Muskâ€™s favor, blocking the contract, was overturned on appeal.
But Musk isnâ€™t the only one with concerns aboutÂ this arrangement. The National Legal and Policy Center, aÂ Washington ethics watchdog, hasÂ issued a warning about the deal, saying that in the worst case scenario it comparesÂ to another scandal where an Air Force procurement officialÂ was prosecuted for making a lucrative deal with Boeing then accepting a position with the company.
McCain? wow, that's irony..... or hypocrisy ...Â
Strange bedfellows ....
I'm still not sure how Elon is fighting this battle part time.
I mean he's still running Tesla too, right?
Yes, and Solar City, and he has five sons!
Geez, how does he find the time?
Elon just might be proof of alien intelligence. Â First, there's his name.