District court dismisses Orbital ATK protest of DARPA satellite-servicing program

by Peter B. de Selding

Updated with Orbital ATK, DARPA statements on court ruling

PARIS — A U.S. District Court dismissed Orbital ATK’s lawsuit against a U.S. government effort to develop an in-orbit robotic servicing vehicle with contractor Space Systems/Loral (SSL), saying the court has no standing to challenge an agency program.

In its July 12 decision, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia suggested that Orbital’s basic argument — that U.S. policy encourages government agencies to turn to the private sector for technology rather than develop . . .

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