Friday, 9 May 2014

Preliminary injunction against ULA dissolved

The US Court of Federal Claims dissolved the injunction issued against United Launch Alliance (ULA). The injunction had been ordered based on claims of the Space Exploration Systems Corp. (SpaceX) that ULA’s transactions with NPO Energomash, the manufacturer of the RD-180 engines used in ULA’s Atlas V rocket were in violation of Executive Order Nr. 13,661, which has imposed economic sanctions to Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister. It had been found that NPO Energomash served Rogozin’s financial interests. The order could only be dissolved after the US Departments of State, Commerce and the Treasury had sent the court an opinion that commercial transactions with NPO Energomash do not violate the Executive Order Nr. 13,661, which took place on 6 May.
Click here for the text of the dissolving order and here for ULA’s sharp criticism against SpaceX’s judicial actions.

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