Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin is suing the US authorities after NASA awarded a lunar lander contract to rival SpaceX.
The lawsuit – which has been filed in federal court docket and is sealed – is known to be a continuation of the corporate’s declare that the company wrongly awarded the $2.9bn contract to Elon Musk’s SpaceX earlier this 12 months.
A Blue Origin spokesperson mentioned that the corporate desires to “treatment the issues within the acquisition course of present in NASA’s Human Touchdown System”.
“We firmly consider that the problems recognized on this procurement and its outcomes should be addressed to revive equity, create competitors, and guarantee a protected return to the Moon for America,” they added.
SpaceX, Blue Origin and Dynetics had been competing for what was anticipated to be two contracts however, after funding from Congress was lower than anticipated, NASA determined to award just one contract.
SpaceX was awarded the contract in April to construct a spacecraft to hold astronauts to the lunar floor underneath NASA’s Artemis programme, which goals to take people to the moon for the primary time since 1972.
Blue Origin protested the choice final month, however the Authorities Accountability Workplace sided with NASA over its resolution to decide on single bidder.
Dynetics has additionally mentioned that NASA ought to have made multiple award.
NASA should reply to Blue Origin’s lawsuit by 12 October.
The company mentioned: “NASA officers are at the moment reviewing particulars of the case.
“With our companions, we’ll go to the Moon and keep to allow science investigations, develop new know-how, and create excessive paying jobs for the larger good and in preparation to ship astronauts to Mars.”
Blue Origin was based by Jeff Bezos, who additionally based Amazon, the web market that made him a multi-billionaire.