Jeff Bezos, left, and Elon Musk
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The U.S. Court of Federal Claims dominated against Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin on Thursday within the firm’s lawsuit versus NASA over a profitable astronaut lunar lander contract awarded to Elon Musk’s SpaceX earlier this yr.
Federal Judge Richard Hertling sided with the protection in his ruling, finishing a monthslong battle after Blue Origin sued NASA in August.
NASA mentioned in a press release that work with SpaceX will resume “as soon as possible” now that the ruling has been issued.
“There will be forthcoming opportunities for companies to partner with NASA in establishing a long-term human presence at the Moon under the agency’s Artemis program,” the company added.
A Blue Origin spokesperson mentioned in a press release to CNBC that the corporate’s lawsuit “highlighted the important safety issues with the Human Landing System procurement process that must still be addressed.”
“Returning astronauts safely to the Moon through NASA’s public-private partnership model requires an unprejudiced procurement process alongside sound policy that incorporates redundant systems and promotes competition. Blue Origin remains deeply committed to the success of the Artemis program,” the corporate mentioned.
SpaceX didn’t reply to a request for touch upon the ruling. Musk, in a tweet replying to CNBC’s report on the ruling, posted a photograph from the 2012 film “Dredd.”
NASA in April awarded SpaceX with the only real contract for the company’s Human Landing System program beneath a aggressive course of. Worth $2.9 billion, the SpaceX contract will see the corporate use its Starship rocket to ship astronauts to the moon’s floor for NASA’s upcoming Artemis missions.
A variation of SpaceX’s Starship rocket for NASA’s HLS program.
SpaceX was competing with Blue Origin and Dynetics for what was anticipated to be two contracts, earlier than NASA solely awarded a single contract on account of a lower-than-expected allocation for this system from Congress.
Blue Origin rapidly protested the choice with the U.S. Government Accountability Office, however the GAO in late July denied the corporate’s enchantment – main Bezos’ area firm to escalate its authorized motion. Bezos can also be the founding father of e-commerce big Amazon.
A redacted model of Blue Origin’s lawsuit revealed the corporate’s grievance centered on proving that NASA wrongly awarded the contract to solely SpaceX and “disregarded key flight safety requirements” within the course of.
Hertling’s ruling dismissed Blue Origin’s claims. The courtroom’s opinion is at the moment sealed, because the case accommodates info proprietary to the businesses, however the events had been ordered by Hertling to ship proposed redactions by Nov. 18, to publicly launch the opinion.
NASA’s work with SpaceX on the HLS contract was halted throughout the lawsuit however is scheduled to renew Monday.