Blue Origin, the house firm owned by Jeff Bezos, is suing the US authorities over its choice to award a large Moon exploration contract to its competitor SpaceX, it mentioned in a press release Monday.
The corporate has filed a go well with with the US Court docket of Federal Claims “in an try and treatment the failings” in how the contract was awarded, in accordance with the assertion.
It was protested by the opposite bidders, who argued NASA was required to make a number of awards and that the analysis course of was unfair.
“We firmly imagine 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,” Blue Origin mentioned.
Since dropping the contract, Blue Origin has strongly lobbied to have the choice reversed. It filed a protest with the Authorities Accountability Workplace, however in July the watchdog upheld NASA’s choice.
NASA mentioned in a press release Monday that it was notified of Blue Origin’s lawsuit and it’s reviewing the case.
“With our companions, we are going to go to the Moon and keep to allow science investigations, develop new know-how, and create excessive paying jobs for the higher good and in preparation to ship astronauts to Mars,” the assertion mentioned.
Beneath the Artemis programme, NASA is planning to return people to the Moon in the course of this decade and construct a lunar orbital station, earlier than a crewed mission is distributed to Mars within the 2030s.
Musk’s firm, based in 2002, is at present NASA’s main personal sector companion.