- NASA documents reveal its concerns over legal case filed by Blue Origin
- Bezos’s firm could jeopardize efforts to send humans to the Moon in 2024
- Bezos’s firm filed suit against NASA after SpaceX later chose to build a lunar lander for the upcoming Artemis mission to the Moon.
NASA has slammed Jeff Bezos’s space firm Blue Origin in leaked documents over the billionaire founder’s decision to take the space agency to court.
Bezos’s firm is suing NASA because the space agency has only opted to award SpaceX a contract to build lunar landers for upcoming missions to the Moon.
Now, it is revealed that the US space agency believes Blue Origin wants to ‘prioritize its fate over NASA, the United States, and every person alive today’.
NASA argues in a legal filing that Blue Origin is jeopardizing its efforts to send its first crewed mission to the Moon as part of NASA’s Artemis program since 1972, potentially costing it financially from a court case. By doing damage
There were hundreds of pages of legal filings from ‘cash-strapped’ NASA Retrieved by The Verge Freedom of Information Act request.
NASA has argued in a legal filing that Blue Origin is jeopardizing its efforts to send humans to the Moon more than 50 years ago. Pictured, NASA Globe at Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Billionaire American businessman Jeff Bezos (pictured) owns the space firm Blue Origin, which is suing NASA over SpaceX’s $2.9 billion lunar lander contract.
SpaceX’s Starship to Go to the Moon in 2024
SpaceX’s HLS Starship will include the company’s tested Raptor engines, along with drawing inspiration from the designs of the Falcon and Dragon vehicles.
It will have a spacious cabin and two airlocks for the astronaut moonwalk.
Work on designing the lunar vehicle began in May 2020 and will now begin to be fully built thanks to a $2.89 billion contract from NASA.
Initial contact includes an unmanned demonstration mission and a crewed lunar landing in 2024.
It is also planned that future lunar landings will be done using Starship HLS.
It is equipped with a complement of thrusters used on final descent and takeoff from the lunar surface.
The final design would have the capability to stay in lunar orbit for up to 100 days, allowing for more trips to the lunar surface.
It is also designed to carry additional propellant to allow emergency ascent from the Moon.
- Length: 50 m (164 ft 1 in)
- Width: 9 m (29 ft 6 in)
- payload: 100-200T (220,000-440,000 lbs)
- Situation: in development
- first launch: Uncrowned 2023
- Application: Reusable Lunar Lander
Part of the filing reads, ‘NASA now finds itself in a position to resume human space exploration beyond low Earth orbit.
‘The momentum of one-in-a-generation can be easily undone by a party – in this case Blue Origin – that wants to prioritize its own destiny over NASA, the United States, and everyone alive today who Dreams of watching humans explore the world beyond our own.
‘Clearly stated, a protest in immediate contention runs the high risk of causing delays not only for the Artemis program, but that it will not actually achieve its goal of returning the United States to the Moon. .
‘What starts out as just a delay in procurement easily turns into a lack of political support, a budget for other efforts, and eventually, a stalled mission.’
In the documents, NASA also claimed that Blue Origin had ‘gambled’ with its proposal to build a lunar lander for the Artemis mission, hoping that NASA could negotiate a $5.9 billion price tag with Bezos’s firm. will be ready for.
NASA has alleged that Blue Origin could have offered NASA a lower price for the contract, but it did not, as it expected NASA to be open to negotiations.
The NASA filing said, ‘Blue Origin made a bet and it lost.
But Blue Origin disagrees with NASA’s assessment, Megan Mitchell, Blue Origin’s vice president of government relations, told The Verge.
“I wouldn’t say we didn’t make our best offer when we made our offer… I think we made a good offer,” she said.
‘I’m not going to comment on describing NASA as a gamble – we disagree with that.’
The result is that SpaceX is now working on the ‘Starship Human Landing System (HLS)’, a specialized lunar lander version of its Starship spacecraft to bring astronauts to the Moon and back.
The ongoing saga between NASA, Blue Origin and SpaceX stretches back a while now. SpaceX has already transported several cargo payloads and astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) for the space agency in recent years.
Pictured, SpaceX founder Elon Musk. His company has been awarded a contract from NASA to build a lunar lander – at the expense of Blue Origin
Jio rejects Blue Origin protest
On July 30, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied the protests filed by Blue Origin and Dianetics.
The two firms had filed a protest with GAO after NASA opted to go with SpaceX’s design for the lunar lander.
But the GAO concluded that NASA did not violate any laws or regulations in doing so.
The agency said, ‘GAO denies opposing arguments that NASA acted improperly in awarding SpaceX a single award its statement.
But in April, Elon Musk-owned and founded SpaceX was awarded a lucrative $2.9 billion contract to build the lunar lander spacecraft for the planned Artemis program, the first time since 1972 that NASA astronauts landed on the Moon. will take back.
Along with SpaceX and defense contractor Dynetics Inc., Blue Origin was one of three hopefuls for the contract.
The Bezos-owned firm expected NASA to pay $5.9 billion for two alternative landers, as it did in the past, but funding cuts led NASA to opt for the SpaceX lander for $2.9 billion.
After NASA announced it would go with SpaceX alone, Blue Origin and Alabama-based Dianetics filed a 50-page protest…