Bezos’ blue origin refuted in his lunar landing contract protest

A federal agency confirmed the decision to make Elon Musk’s SpaceX the sole winner of a contract to develop a lander for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s return to the moon, a setback for Jeff’s space company. Bezos.

Friday’s decision by the U.S. Government Accountability Office was in response to protests that a subsidiary of Blue Origin LLC and Dynetics, a unit of Bezos’s Leidos Holdings Inc., filed after NASA in April it awarded a $ 2.9 billion contract to SpaceX lander. Representatives for Blue Origin and Leidos did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Bezos’ Blue Origin is pursuing a broad agenda for space, and winning part of the landing contract was important to the company’s ambitions. Blue Origin partners for its lander included Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp.

In a letter sent Monday, Bezos made a personal appeal to NASA Administrator Bill Nelson regarding the contract, offering to waive up to $ 2 billion in payments over the next two years or so and fund another lander mission. to low earth orbit.

Nelson declined to comment on the letter during a briefing on Thursday. Earlier, he had told a congressional hearing that NASA would seek additional funding to support future offers for its lunar landing system. A NASA spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment on Friday.

Source: WSJ

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