Rocket battle: SpaceX protests $148.3M launch services contract to United Launch Alliance

A protest filed by SpaceX this week could cause rival United Launch Alliance to miss a mission launch window that may not open again for decades if the government doesn’t make a quick decision on the matter. 

The Hawthorne, Calif.-based rocket company filed a Feb. 11 protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office against NASA’s $148.3 million launch services award to rival United Launch Alliance — a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) joint venture rocket firm— for the agency’s planned 2021 Lucy Mission. Read more here.