The proposed SpaceX lunar lander will require astronauts to descend for a long time to reach the lunar surface. (SpaceX)
Blue Origin stated that its lawsuit filed with the U.S. Federal Claims Court on Friday was “an attempt to remedy a flaw in the procurement process found in NASA’s manned landing system.”
It added that it believes that “the issues identified in this purchase and their results must be resolved in order to restore fairness, create competition, and ensure the safe return of the United States to the moon.”
Last month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) supported the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (GAO)’s decision to select a lunar lander supplier and rejected Blue Origin’s protest.
Blue Origin’s lawsuit is still confidential. NASA must respond to the challenge by October 12.
“NASA officials are currently reviewing the details of the case,” the agency said in a statement. “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 the greater benefit, and prepare for sending astronauts to Mars.”
The agency added, “The agency will provide the latest information as soon as possible on the path to return to the moon as quickly and safely as possible under the leadership of Artemis.”
Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics argued that NASA was required to award multiple awards. GAO stated that it “denies the protest argument that NASA misbehaved in awarding a single award to SpaceX.”
Blue Origin, a rocket company founded by Amazon.com founder and billionaire Bezos, said earlier that it still believes that NASA’s decision has “fundamental problems” and that GAO cannot solve these problems “due to its limited jurisdiction.”
Blue Origin said it will continue to advocate for two direct suppliers because it believes this is the right solution.
SpaceX is powered by Tesla CEO Musk did not immediately comment on Monday.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sought a proposal for a spacecraft under its Artemis program that would carry astronauts to the surface of the moon to send humans back to the moon for the first time since 1972.
In April, NASA signed a contract with SpaceX to build such a spacecraft as early as 2024.
Blue Origin has argued that NASA allowed SpaceX to modify its pricing, giving SpaceX an unfair advantage.
Bezos has proposed the highest payout2 If NASA awarded Blue Origin a contract to land on the moon, NASA would spend $1 billion.