NASA has accused Jeff Bezos’s private space company of threatening to destroy the “once-generation pace” to restart human space exploration through its costly and lengthy legal disputes.
Blue Origin launched legal action against the US space agency earlier this year after a failed bid to build a lunar lander for the Artemis space program, which aims to return humans to the Moon this decade.
The lunar mission was originally scheduled for 2024, but that date is now in jeopardy as a result of protests from Blue Origin.
The legal action comes after Elon Musk’s SpaceX won a lucrative contract to develop its Starship spacecraft, when NASA called for bids from space companies to build a lunar lander.
This prompted Blue Origin to file a 50-page protest to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), accusing NASA of “moving the goalposts at the last minute.”
The GAO rejected the protest, but Blue Origin filed a new legal challenge with the US Court of Federal Claims, accusing NASA of bias against Bezos’s firm.
The collaboration between NASA and SpaceX has been delayed because of a legal dispute, with the 2024 deadline put on hold until it is resolved.
The legal filing submitted by NASA’s legal team, which was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request made by The Verge, accused Blue Origin of gambling on the offer in the hope that at a price that was put forward in the NASA bid. Will be ready to talk again.
Lawyers claim that “Blue Origin made a bet and it lost.”
If successful, Blue Origin’s legal bid could void the contract between NASA and SpaceX and force the space agency to reopen the bidding process.
“This once-in-a-generation momentum can easily be undone by a party — in this case, Blue Origin — that wants to prioritize its luck over the dreams of NASA, the United States, and everyone alive today. Humans.” Exploring the world beyond you,” the legal filing states.
“Clearly stated, a protest in immediate contention runs the high risk of causing delays not only to the Artemis program, but that it will not actually achieve its goal of returning the United States to the Moon.
“What starts out as mere procurement delays easily turns into a lack of political support, a budget for other efforts, and ultimately, a stalled mission.”
The court process is to be completed by November 1.
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