Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin Sues US Government On Awarding Lunar Lander Contract To Elon Musk's SpaceX

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Blue Origin, the space company owned by Jeff Bezos, is suing the US government over its decision to award a massive Moon exploration contract to its competitor SpaceX, it said in a statement Monday.

The company has filed a suit with the US Court of Federal Claims “in an attempt to remedy the flaws” in how the contract was awarded, according to the statement.

The human landing system (HLS) contract, worth $2.9 billion, was given to SpaceX, owned by Bezos’s billionaire rival Elon Musk, in April.

It was protested by the other bidders, who argued NASA was required to make multiple awards and that the evaluation process was unfair.

“We firmly believe that the issues identified in this procurement and its outcomes must be addressed to restore fairness, create competition, and ensure a safe return to the Moon for America,” Blue Origin said.

Since losing the contract, Blue Origin has strongly lobbied to have the decision reversed. It filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office, but in July the watchdog upheld NASA’s decision.

NASA said in a statement Monday that it was notified of Blue Origin’s lawsuit and it is reviewing the case.

“With our partners, we will go to the Moon and stay to enable science investigations, develop new technology, and create high paying jobs for the greater good and in preparation to send astronauts to Mars,” the statement said.

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5 comments
  1. If Blue Origin is truly interested in making the process more fair AND ensuring the success of the return of the USA to the moon, as they claim, why not withdraw their lander proposal and accede to the Dynetics Human Lander to prove this lawsuit isn't just an action by a sore loser last ditch attempt to win a contract for themselves? I would applaud Jeff Bezos if he did THAT!

  2. His company has never even had a rocket in orbit and he thinks his company should be chosen over the one that has done countless spaceflight and missions 😂 hes just a sore loser, upset that he isbt number 1 lol

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