In a complaint filed April 28, 2014, SpaceX is asking the U.S. Court of Claims to bar the Air Force from buying 22 first-stage rocket cores on a sole-source basis from United Launch Alliance. That number is a subset of the 36 cores the Air Force plans to buy from ULA, some of which will be used for heavy-lift missions that require three cores strapped together in a side-by-side configuration.

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Brian Berger is editor in chief of and the SpaceNews magazine. He joined in 1998, spending his first decade with the publication covering NASA. He was named senior staff writer in 2004, a position he held...