Blue Origin’s Case Against NASA Picking SpaceX for Moon Lander Contract Rejected by US Court


A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin against the US government for awarding a $2.9 billion (about Rs 21,559 crore) lunar lander contract to NASA’s rival billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The decision was made.

Judge Richard Hartling of the US Federal Claims Court in Washington approved the government’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. filed on 16 August. The judge’s opinion was sealed explaining his reasoning, as were several other documents in the case, pending a meeting on the proposed amendments this month.

blue original, created by heroine founded by Bezosexpressed disappointment. “Not the decision we wanted, but we respect the court’s decision, and wish it all success.” NASA And SpaceX On contract,” Bezos wrote on Twitter.

“It will resume work with SpaceX” on the lunar lander contract “as soon as possible,” NASA said Thursday. The space agency added it “continues to work with a number of US companies to enhance competition and commercial readiness to transport crew to the lunar surface.”

NASA stalled work Part of an agreement between the parties to expedite the litigation program, which culminated in Thursday’s ruling, on the lunar lander contract through November 1.

In July, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) sided with NASA in its decision to choose a single lunar lander provider, overcoming opposition from Blue Origin.

SpaceX, led by Tesla chief executive musk, joined the proceedings as an interventionist soon after the suit was filed.

NASA had sought proposals for a spacecraft that would take astronauts to the lunar surface as part of its Artemis program to bring humans back to the Moon for the first time since 1972.

“There will be upcoming opportunities for companies to partner with NASA to establish a long-term human presence on the Moon under the agency,” NASA said Thursday. artemis program, which includes a call for recurring crewed lunar landing services to US industry in 2022.”

SpaceX did not immediately comment.

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