Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos has lost a lawsuit over building a lunar lander to NASA. Bezos did not agree to allow SpaceX, the aerospace company of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, to build such a rig rather than the Blue Origin.
So Bezos filed a case with the Federal Claims Court in Washington, a separate court for financial matters against the United States government. Blue Origin argued that NASA’s decision was illegal and that the proposals for SpaceX and Blue Origin were not properly reviewed. Details of the ruling have not yet been published.
SpaceX was awarded a contract for its Lunar lander earlier this year. Musk is developing a spacecraft that will allow astronauts to set foot on the Moon again as part of Project Artemis for the first time since 1972. That should happen within a few years. It’s called Starship HLS (Human Landing System). The value of the deal is approximately 3 billion dollars, or 2.5 billion euros.
NASA said it will return to work with SpaceX as soon as possible.
Blue Origin was also in the running for the mission. The company submitted a previous complaint to the General Accounting Office, to no avail.
Bezos and Musk are participating in a space race. Their company works with NASA. They are trying to get lucrative contracts from the US government, plus they want to sell both tourist flights into space. Bezos himself briefly went into space earlier this year.