NASA is being sued by Blue Origin over lunar lander contract

Blue Origin is suing NASA over wrongfully assessing its lunar landing proposal, which has been awarded to SpaceX.
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Blue Origin – founded by Jeff Bezos – is suing NASA over the decision to award a $2.9 billion contract for landing on the moon to SpaceX.

Blue Origin believes NASA has wrongfully evaluated their lunar lander proposal. This could likely be another setback when NASA will be able to land people on the moon once again, which the current date set in 2024. It will be the first time NASA has put people on the moon since 1972.

Three firms were hoping to win the contract -those being Blue Origin, SpaceX and Dynetics. The contract was to design and develop human landing systems for the Artemis program. Blue Origin’s proposal would have cost $5.9 billion – with Jeff Bezos personally offering to cover up to $2 billion – whereas the SpaceX proposal came to $2.9 billion.

It would also appear Blue Origin and Dynetics claim that NASA could award the contract to more than one contender, but as of yet NASA has awarded the contract to SpaceX only. Blue Origin has said they will continue to advocate for two providers as they believe that is the right solution.

SpaceX or NASA have made no comment on the lawsuit so far.

NASA must file a response to the challenge from Blue Origin by the 12th of October 2021.

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