The US billionaires’ space race has a new chapter. Blue Origin, the company of former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, sued the US government for choosing SpaceX, owned by Tesla, Elon Musk, for a partnership with NASA.
The agreement, with a contract worth US$ 2.9 billion (R$ 15.2 billion at today’s exchange rate, 17), provides for the construction of a new lunar landing module. Blue Origin said its action is “an attempt to remedy the flaws in the module acquisition process.”
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The company added that it believes “the issues identified in this acquisition and its outcomes must be addressed to restore justice, create competition and ensure a safe return to the Moon for America.”
NASA chose a single lunar landing module provider, rejecting Blue Origin’s protest. Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics argued that NASA was obligated to bid several times. The government agency must file a response to the process by October 12th.
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