January 29, 2021

Well This Bodes Ill

Yesterday there was a bit of confusion regarding Space-X's test flight (which failed to transpire). Specifically,  there were conflicting reports that the FAA had or had not rescinded their flight authorization at the last minute. 

Well, Space-X does appear to be in trouble with at least one other branch of the government, the Justice Department. 

It seems that they are being investigated for workplace discrimination. Specifically, they are accused of refusing to hire non-U.S. citizens

They're gonna be prosecuted for not hiring foreigners at an ITAR sensitive firm, and one of the Few U.S. firms with a global technological lead in its fields.  There is no info on what the nationality is but as this doesn't seem to have been an issue until president Djo Bai Din came into office, I would be very interested in knowing that crucial fact. 

UPDATE: Via Scott Lowther comes this article which contains a SCRID copy of the D.O.J. complaint.  

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1 After the voting related process in November, I noticed some interesting noise, that could have been bragging and a victory lap, asserting that Biden is a restoration of normal when it comes to travel, etc. The Biden affair was already certain to be an interesting situation, with all sorts of academically fascinating stuff to learn, and unforeseeable possibilities for what will actually happen. I, personally, was expecting a public failure of Chang'e 5, and a loss of confidence in Xi Jinping Thought's claim to technical management excellence, with results to follow as expected. I hadn't thought about US private space companies being a goad to PRC status. If this really represents PRC influence, and if that is a determination to take a victory lap and rub the truth in everyone's face, things may collapse faster than expected. On the other hand, Musk is relocating out of California, and that may come with the loss of protection arrangements, for which revenge is to be taken. Right now, the California delegation should have a lot of influence, so is a plausible source.

Posted by: PatBuckman at Fri Jan 29 09:13:31 2021 (6y7dz)

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