Jeff Bezos loses try to dam the Moon-landing contract NASA gave to SpaceX

Jeff Bezos holding aviation glasses up to his face.

Enlarge / Jeff Bezos holds aviation glasses that belonged to Amelia Earhart at a press convention about his flight on Blue Origin’s New Shepard on July 20, 2021, in Van Horn, Texas. (credit score: Getty Photos | Joe Raedle)

The US Authorities Accountability Workplace (GAO) at present rejected Blue Origin’s try to dam the lunar-landing contract that NASA awarded to SpaceX. The GAO additionally rejected an analogous protest filed by Dynetics.

NASA in April 2020 chosen SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Dynetics to design and construct human touchdown methods. However in April 2021, NASA determined to go solely with SpaceX and its Starship automobile for the Artemis program, which is NASA’s plan to return people to the Moon by 2024.

“The price of SpaceX’s bid was about half that of Dynetics, and one-fourth the quantity obtained by Blue Origin,” as our protection on the time stated. Whereas funds was apparently the largest issue, NASA additionally “praised the [SpaceX] automobile’s revolutionary design and future-looking expertise that may additionally sooner or later be used on Mars” and cited Starship benefits together with “a spacious cabin for astronauts, two airlocks, and ample payload functionality to carry giant numbers of experiments to the Moon and return samples to Earth.”

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