Elon Musk appears to have taken to his official Twitter account to accuse a former Air Force official of having “likely” accepted a bribe to grant the exclusive black sat launch contract to United Launch Alliance.
The National Legal and Policy Centre (NLPC) article reported on Roger Correll’s time as a procurement official for the Air Force, where he was in charge of getting launch services from private companies. Just before his retirement in January this year, he oversaw the deal that gave ULA, a Boeing and Lockheed joint venture, the contract for 36 future blastoffs. The NLPC article also reported Correll’s appointment had now been given the job of veep for government acquisition and policy at Aerojet Rocketdyne, which supplies rocket engines to ULA
Reason I believe this is likely is that Correll first tried to work at SpaceX, but we turned him down. Our competitor, it seems, did not.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2014