A NASA spokeswoman said that after rival billionaire businessman Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin sued the U.S. government, NASA agreed on Thursday to temporarily stop granting Elon Musk’s SpaceX $2.9 billion (approximately 21,587 thousand). 10,000 rupees) work on a lunar lander contract.
Blue Origin stated that the lawsuit it filed with the U.S. Federal Claims Court last week was an “attempt to remedy a flaw in the procurement process found in NASA’s manned landing system.” A U.S. judge has scheduled a hearing for the case on October 14.
NASA said in a statement that it suspended cooperation with SpaceX on the manned landing system until November 1.
NASA said: “In exchange for this temporary suspension of work, the parties agreed to speed up the timetable for the litigation, which will end on November 1.” “NASA officials are continuing to work with the Department of Justice to review the details of the case. And look forward to the matter being resolved in time.”
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) last month supported NASA’s decision to select a lunar lander supplier and rejected Blue Origin’s protest.
SpaceX, led by Tesla CEO Musk, intervened in the lawsuit this week to ensure that the court has a “full and accurate understanding of the facts and circumstances surrounding the protest, including the significant damage that SpaceX will suffer if the court approves the relief sought. “Originated from blue.
SpaceX did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Blue Origin, the rocket company founded by Amazon founder Bezos, said it still believes that NASA’s decision has “fundamental problems” and that GAO cannot resolve these problems “due to its limited jurisdiction.”
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under its Artemis Program (Artemis Program) is seeking a proposal to send astronauts to the surface of the moon, to return humans to the moon for the first time since 1972.
The space agency said on Thursday that it is “committed to Artemis and maintaining America’s global leadership in space exploration. Together with our partners, we will go to the moon and stay to conduct scientific investigations, develop new technologies, and Create high-paying jobs for mankind. Greater benefits, and prepare to send astronauts to Mars.”
In April, NASA signed a contract with SpaceX to build such a spacecraft as early as 2024.
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