Blue Origin, a space company owned by Jeff Bezos, is suing the US government over its decision to award a large-scale space exploration contract to rival SpaceX, it said in a statement Monday.
According to the statement, the company has filed an agreement “in an effort to rectify the flaws” in the federal lawsuits of the US court.
The Human Lending System (HLS) deal, valued at 2. 2.9 billion, was awarded to SpaceX in April by Bezos billionaire rival Elon Musk.
This was protested by other bidders, who argued that NASA needed several awards and that the evaluation process was unfair.
Blue Origin said, “We firmly believe that the issues identified in this purchase and its outcome will be addressed to restore justice, create competition and ensure a safe return to the moon for the United States.” It has to be. “
Since the deal ended, Blue Origin has lobbied hard to reverse the decision. It lodged a protest with the government’s accountability office, but in July the Watchdog upheld NASA’s decision.
NASA said in a statement Monday that it had been notified of the Blue Origin case and was reviewing it.
“We will go to the moon with our partners and activate science research, develop new technologies, create more well-paying jobs and prepare to send astronauts to Mars,” the statement said. Will
Under the Artemis program, NASA plans to bring humans back to the moon and build a lunar orbit station in the middle of this decade, before a crew is sent to Mars in the 2030s.
Musk’s company, founded in 2002, is currently a leading partner in NASA’s private sector.