Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk: The Decision that Takes NASA to Court

Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk: The decision that takes NASA to court NASA awarded Elon Musk’s SpaceX a contract to build a moon landing system, rejecting Jeff Bezos’ proposal.

The disputed race to conquer space gained a new episode after US tycoon Jeff Bezos decided to sue NASA, the US space agency.

The founder of Amazon and the space company Blue Origin made the decision after the US space agency decided to sign a contract with Elon Musk’s SpaceX to build a moon landing system.

With this project – which includes an investment of US$ 2.9 billion (more than R$ 15 billion), the objective is for the astronauts to return to the Moon in 2024, in a mission that has not been carried out since 1972.

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Bezos, like Musk, had submitted a proposal to NASA to be part of the construction of this lunar landing module, but it was rejected.

The dispute is even more complex because, although the original idea was that the construction would be done by two companies, NASA ended up hiring only one due to lack of resources.

What does Blue Origin say?
According to the company of the Amazon founder, there are “fundamental problems” in the agreement between NASA and Space X, which Bezos called “unfair”.

In a lawsuit, Blue Origin said it continued to believe that two vendors are needed to secure the landing system.

It also accused NASA of having made an “illegal and inadequate evaluation” of its proposals during the bidding process.

“We strongly believe that the problems identified in this acquisition and its results must be resolved to restore equity, create competition and ensure a safe return to the Moon for America,” said the company founded by Bezos.

What is behind NASA’s decision?

At the time of the grant, NASA’s head of human exploration, Kathy Lueders, admitted that the space agency’s current budget prevented it from selecting two companies.

That’s because the United States Congress granted only US$850 million of the US$3.3 billion that had been requested to carry out the project.

Faced with this situation, in July, Bezos offered to cover up to $2 billion of NASA’s costs for the contract to be reconsidered, but his offer was rejected.

Another factor cited by NASA for accepting SpaceX’s proposal is Elon Musk’s company’s history of orbital missions.

In addition, cost is believed to have played a role – SpaceX’s offering was the cheapest of all.

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Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk: The decision that takes NASA to court NASA awarded Elon Musk's SpaceX a contract to build a moon landing system, rejecting Jeff Bezos' proposal.

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