With U.S./Russian relations as frosty as ever, it’s easy recall the days when the two super powers were locked in battle to conquer space. While interest in landing on the moon may have waned, Russia and the U.S. are still happy to trade blows about the size of each other’s rockets. Fortunately for entrepreneur and CEO Elon Musk that tension and a resulting injunction could mean a lucrative deal for Space X.
Space X, which manufactures rocket components, filed a bid protest in the United States Court of Federal Claims on April 28. The bid challenged a deal between the United States Air Force and United Launch Alliance (ULA) -- a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing -- which guaranteed the purchase of 36 rocket cores.