Musk once told The Post that SpaceX was able to rise because the big aerospace companies didn’t think it would ever amount to anything.
“They screwed themselves because they were just arrogant and complacent,” he said. “Look, Boeing doesn’t get out of bed for less than $1 billion.
Musk sued the Air Force for the right to compete for contracts, a risky move that annoyed some in the Pentagon. Musk also made a stink over the fact that the ULA used a rocket engine manufactured by Russia.
“Lockheed and Boeing are used to stomping on new companies, and they’ve certainly tried to stomp on us,” he said at the time. “I think we have a shot at prevailing. But we’re certainly a small up-and-comer going against giants.”