NASA agrees to pause SpaceX lunar contract until November after Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin files suit

An artist’s rendering shows SpaceX’s Starship rocket ship on the moon. (SpaceX illustration)

NASA has suspended its contract with SpaceX to bring astronauts back to the moon pending the first outcome of a lawsuit from Blue Origin.

The voluntary stay ends on November 1, two weeks after the hearing on the case, according to a schedule set in the US Federal Court on Thursday.

Blue Origin, the commercial space company of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, filed a lawsuit against the US government over NASA’s decision to award Elon Musk’s SpaceX a $ 2.9 billion contract to build the first lunar lander since Apollo. to grant that would bring astronauts to the moon epoch.

The decision was previously the subject of a Blue Origin protest, which was rejected by the Government Accountability Office on July 30th.

Blue Origin sealed its lawsuit, but the company’s previous bid protest disputed NASA’s decision to award a single contract.

Originally, NASA had hoped to fund two of the three teams to continue work on their human landing systems, which would have offered a backup option. Agency officials cited Congressional budget constraints as a reason for receiving only one award.

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