Leaked emails were allegedly exchanged by a V.P. at United Launch Alliance and a lobbyist for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. If true this may explain some of President Joe Biden’s constant snubbing of Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.
SpaceX has emerged as the Fed’s preferred aerospace contractor. This is largely due to their consistently lower bids and their innovative technology breakthroughs.
Leaked emails show the efforts of ULA, a SpaceX competitor jointly owned by Boeing and Lockheed Martin, to further damage SpaceX and Musk’s relationship with the Biden administration.
And it may be working.
Recently, the Biden administration held a big EV summit at the White House. And they didn’t invite Tesla, the largest electrical vehicle maker, in the U.S.
And when SpaceX’s all-civilian Inspiration4 successfully landed the president didn’t call to congratulate them.
Competitors, Lobbying and special interests
Emails exchanged between ULA Vice President Robbie Sabathier and Hasan Solomon, a lobbyist with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, have received little or no major media coverage.