Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin loses NASA suit over SpaceX contract

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Jeff Bezos’ house tourism company Blue Origin on Thursday lost its lawsuit in opposition to NASA over the company’s choice to award a $2.9 billion contract to Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

Judge Richard Hertling of the US Court of Federal Claims dominated in favor SpaceX, although the courtroom’s opinion stays sealed as a result of the case accommodates proprietary details about the 2 firms.

A Blue Origin spokesperson mentioned the lawsuit “highlighted the important safety issues with the Human Landing System procurement process that must still be addressed.”

“Returning astronauts safely to the Moon through NASA’s public-private partnership model requires an unprejudiced procurement process alongside sound policy that incorporates redundant systems and promotes competition,” the spokesperson mentioned.

“We are totally engaged with NASA to mature sustainable lander designs, conduct all kinds of expertise danger reductions, and supply Commercial Lunar Payload Services.

“We are also under contract with NASA to develop in-situ resource utilization technology, lunar space robotics, and lunar landing sensor collaboration including testing on New Shepard. We look forward to hearing from NASA on next steps in the HLS procurement process.”

In a tweet, Musk posted a photograph from the 1995 film “Judge Dredd” by which a personality declares, “You have been judged!”

Blue Origin sued NASA in August, saying that it unfairly awarded a significant contract for the so-called Human Lander System to SpaceX.

Blue Origin, SpaceX and Dynetics, a subsidiary of Leidos, had all bid on the contract for the system, which is seen as a key a part of NASA’s plan to return American astronauts to the moon by 2024.

The firms anticipated NASA to challenge two awards for the project, however in an April shock, NASA awarded a single $2.89 billion contract to Musk’s SpaceX tasking the company with constructing the following crewed lunar lander.

Elon Musk is the founder and CEO of SpaceX.
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Blue Origin shortly filed a proper criticism with the Government Accountability Office arguing that they weren’t given an opportunity to revise their worth through the competitors, in contrast to SpaceX.

But in September, the GAO mentioned it “denied the protest arguments that NASA acted improperly in making a single award to SpaceX.”

In one other try to get in on the project, Blue Origin provided to cover billions in prices if NASA would award it a parallel contract to the one SpaceX acquired.

Bezos wrote in a letter to NASA administrator Bill Nelson Blue Origin would waive as much as $2 billion in funds within the first couple years of the contract.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule on launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center after its scheduled launch was delayed on Nov. 1, 2021
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He additionally mentioned the company would pay for an illustration mission to low-Earth orbit if the company had been to award the company a fixed-price Human Landing System contract.

“We stand ready to help NASA moderate its technical risks and solve its budgetary constraints and put the Artemis Program back on a more competitive, credible, and sustainable path,” Bezos wrote in the letter.

Since then, Musk — whose web value just lately soared previous that of Bezos to make the Tesla CEO the world’s wealthiest man — has frequently mocked Bezos, inform him that “you can’t sue your way to the moon.”

Representatives for NASA and SpaceX didn’t instantly return The Post’s request for remark.