Jeff Bezos is suing the US government

Jeff Bezos is suing the US government

Amazon's founding billionaire disputed NASA's decision to award a $ 2.9 billion contract to build a lunar module for SpaceX, owned by competitor Elon Musk

(photo: Blue Origin) Jeff Bezos' aerospace aircraft company Blue Origin is suing the United States government for awarding Elon Musk's SpaceX a $ 2.9 billion contract to build a lunar module, bringing back the astronauts on the satellite for the first time since 1972. The founder of Amazon did not agree to be excluded from the space agency, although he also proposed to finance the project directly with 2 billion dollars.

According to the spokesman for Blue Origin, reports Reuters, their lawsuit represents "an attempt to remedy the mistakes made during the process of selecting projects for the new lunar modules of NASA". In fact, the agency initially awarded a ten-month contract to study and prepare a project to get to the moon to three competitors: Blue Origin, SpaceX and Dynetics, a contractor from the Defense Department. At the end of the ten months SpaceX came out the winner, raising criticism from the other two companies, which now claim NASA should have divided the new assignment between all three participants.

Last month, Blue Origin filed a complaint against NASA's decision to the US Government Control Office (GAO), arguing that the agency should have split the contract and that SpaceX had had the chance to modify the first proposed price, which would have ensured her victory. However, the Gao sided in favor of the space agency, supporting NASA's decision to choose a single supplier of lunar modules and not having found any irregularities in the project evaluation process.

Following the ruling by the Gao, Blue Origin has started the legal process, which will remain blocked until next 12 October, the time limit given to NASA to answer the accusations. "Our officials are currently looking into all the details of the case," an agency representative told Reuters, "as soon as possible, we will provide a detailed update as to what our decision will be on the best way to go back to the moon. as quickly and safely as possible ".

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