AMZN Stock – Amazon com : Musk, Bezos collide after SpaceX wins moon landing contract
April 27 (Reuters) – Blue Origin, the space rocket company
backed by billionaire Jeff Bezos, is formally challenging the
$2.9 billion moon lander contract awarded by NASA to rival Elon
The two richest men in the world have been sparring in a
tightly fought global space race, vying for contracts from
government agencies and businesses.
Blue Origin said on Monday it had filed a protest with the
federal Government Accountability Office, accusing NASA of
moving the goalposts for contract bidders at the last minute.
Musk fired back with a tweet that said: “Can’t get it up (to
orbit) lol.” (https://bit.ly/3npEc0Z)
He did not elaborate on the tweet, but pasted a screenshot
of a 2019 report about Bezos unveiling Blue Origin’s moon lander
on the same Twitter thread.
Blue Origin has fallen far behind SpaceX and United Launch
Alliance (ULA) on orbital transportation, losing out on billions
of dollars’ worth of U.S. national security launch contracts
that begin in 2022. ULA is a joint venture of Boeing Co
and Lockheed Martin Corp.
The company was dealt another blow earlier this month, when
NASA awarded SpaceX the contract to build a spaceship to deliver
astronauts to the moon as early as 2024, choosing Musk’s company
over Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics Inc.
The sought-after project aims to put humans back on the moon
for the first time since 1972.
“NASA has executed a flawed acquisition for the Human
Landing System program and moved the goalposts at the last
minute,” Blue Origin said in an emailed statement.
“Their decision eliminates opportunities for competition,
significantly narrows the supply base, and not only delays, but
also endangers America’s return to the moon. Because of that,
we’ve filed a protest with the GAO.”
Musk’s SpaceX bid alone while Amazon.com founder
Bezos’ Blue Origin partnered with Lockheed Martin Corp,
Northrop Grumman Corp and Draper.
The filing of the 50-page protest by Blue Origin was
reported earlier by the New York Times.
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh and Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru
and Eric Johnson in Seattle; editing by Jane Wardell and