Jeff Bezo’s and Elon Musk spar over moon lander contract
The world’s first and third richest people respectively, Bezos and Musk have been competing to be at the helm of man’s return to moon for the first time since 1972.
Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, the space rocket company is now formally challenging the $2.9 billion moon lander contract which was recently awarded to its rival company SpaceX by NASA.On Monday, Blue Origin said that that it filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office, accusing the space agency of making tweaks for contract bidders at the last minute.
While Elon Musk’s SpaceX made the bid alone, Bezos’ Blue Origin made the bid in partnership with Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corp and Draper.
The world’s first and third richest people respectively, Bezos and Musk have been competing to be at the helm of man’s return to moon for the first time since 1972.The contract will see NASA’s first commercial human lander, constituent of its Artemis programme. NASA says that the lander will carry in it two American astronauts to the moon’s surface.”We should accomplish the next landing as soon as possible… If they hit their milestones, we have a shot at 2024,” Steve Jurczyk, NASA’s acting administrator said during the announcement made virtually on April 17.