Pentagon to Open Up Space Launch Vehicle Bidding, Expected Competitors Contribute over $4M
Monday, December 17, 2012
The Pentagon has authorized competitive bidding for the main component of the rockets that send satellites into space. According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, aerospace giants Lockheed Martin and Boeing currently hold a monopoly on the contracts through their joint venture United Launch Alliance. The decision by the Pentagon opens up opportunities for companies such as Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) and Orbital Sciences Corp.
Data: MapLight analysis of Lockheed, Boeing, SpaceX, Orbital Sciences Corp. contributions to federal candidates during the 2012 election cycle.
Orbital Sciences Corp.
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX)
Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to federal candidates from Jan. 1, 2011-Nov. 17, 2012 from PACs controlled by Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Orbital Sciences Corp., and SpaceX. Source: FEC.gov, as of Dec. 2, 2012. If you use MapLight data please cite accordingly.
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