Elon Musk's SpaceX sues the federal government again.
But this time, it wants the protest on a public contract to stay under seal, which means that the allegations would not be public.
In a movement filed with the Court's claims on Friday, the company said that privacy was necessary because the package contained "confidential and proprietary source information and information not suitable for public disclosure." SpaceX also filed its complaint against the government, with several exhibitions attached under seal.
Regardless of whether the complaint and other documents remain under seal, it will be up to the court. The federal courts claim that it is a ban on the federal government, including bid protocols and contractual requirements.
It was not clear from the filing that the government's procurement program the company manages to challenge, but it comes as the Air Force becomes ready to award large launch contracts potentially worth thousands of dollars to two companies. Last year, SpaceX lost its first round of air defense funding awarded to help businesses develop their rockets to meet the rigorous launch of national security satellites.
Musk said the company had bid for the contract, but the proposal "missed the mark", according to a Pentagon review.
While SpaceX lost its funding, three of its competitors – United Launch Alliance (ULA), Northrop Grumman and Blue Origin – shared more than $ 2 billion for their rockets.
SpaceX did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The court's filing was first reported by GeekWire.
The Air Force is expected to pick two companies next year that will split Pentagon launches. But this purchase has already removed a political blow in Washington.
Since it was lost on the early financing round, SpaceX had been concerned that it would be disadvantageous when it was time to choose the two vendors. Jeff Bezo's blue origins have meanwhile been lobbying the Pentagon and congressional members to reduce procurement since the rocket will not be ready to fly next year. (Bezos owns the Washington Post.)
SpaceX has sued the government over procurement several times in the past. In 2014, it sued the Air Force during the last round of military launch contracts, saying it would be allowed to compete against ULA, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, which had a monopoly on the contracts for a decade.
Finally, the Air Force and SpaceX hit the case, and SpaceX has since won several lucrative contracts.
Earlier this year, it also filed a protest over a $ 150 million contract that NASA had awarded to ULA for a robotic mission to the asteroids around Jupiter. Two months later, the protest withdrew without saying why the reversed course.