Blue Origin sues U.S. authorities over SpaceX lunar lander contract Reuters by way of

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos addresses the media in regards to the New Shepard rocket booster and Crew Capsule mockup on the thirty third House Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Isaiah J. Downing/File P

By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin sued the united statesgovernment over NASA’s determination to award a $2.9 billion lunar lander contract to Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

Blue Origin’s lawsuit filed within the U.S. Courtroom of Federal Claims on Friday “challenges NASA’s illegal and improper analysis of proposals,” the corporate stated in a court docket submitting.

Final month, the Authorities Accountability Workplace (GAO) sided with the Nationwide Aeronautics and House Administration over its determination to choose a single lunar lander supplier, rejecting Blue Origin’s protest.

Blue Origin’s lawsuit stays underneath seal. NASA should file a response to the problem by Oct. 12.

Blue Origin and protection contractor Dynetics have argued that NASA was required to make a number of awards. The GAO stated it “denied the protest arguments that NASA acted improperly in making a single award to SpaceX.”

Blue Origin, the rocket firm based by Inc (NASDAQ:) billionaire Bezos, stated earlier it remained satisfied that there have been “elementary points” with NASA’s determination, and that GAO was not in a position to tackle them “as a result of their restricted jurisdiction.”

Blue Origin, headed by Tesla (NASDAQ:) Inc’s Musk, stated it should proceed to advocate for 2 fast suppliers because it believes that to be the appropriate answer.

NASA, which didn’t instantly touch upon the Blue Origin lawsuit, stated in July that “GAO’s determination will enable NASA and SpaceX to ascertain a timeline for the primary crewed touchdown on the Moon in additional than 50 years.”

SpaceX didn’t instantly touch upon Monday.

NASA had sought proposals for a spacecraft that may carry astronauts to the lunar floor underneath its Artemis program to return people to the moon for the primary time since 1972.

In April, NASA awarded SpaceX a contract to construct such a spacecraft as early as 2024.

Blue Origin had contended NASA gave SpaceX an unfair benefit by letting it revise its pricing.

Bezos has provided to cowl as much as $2 billion in NASA prices if the U.S. house company awarded Blue Origin a lunar touchdown contract.