Seems like the boss of Amazon and the world’s second-richest person is in no mood of slowing down on his endeavours ever since returning from his maiden space strip. It is not a hidden fact that he is an innovative businessman with strong willpower. Now news has come from the United States that Bezos owned space exploration and spacecraft instrument manufacturing company Blue Origin has sued NASA on Monday in U.S. federal court. The lawsuit is regarding NASA’s lunar lander contract granted earlier this year to Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
Amazon boss has called the deal is unfair to them and added that there were “fundamental issues” with the deal.
The issue finds its roots in April of this year when NASA invited bids for the human moon landing system for mission Artemis, the follow-up to the Apollo missions of the 1960s and early 1970s. The contract for the 2024 mission involves two lunar landings, one test landing without humans, and another with humans.
It was expected that the space agency was going to select two companies to create the lander designs but to everyone’s surprise and a shock to Blue Origin, NASA selected SpaceX as the sole provider for the Moon lander.
Blue Origin filed a formal protest in April and just last month, the Government Accountability Office denied the protest and upheld NASA’s selection of SpaceX for its human landing system.
But Bezos was just not ready to give up and offered NASA a lucrative US$ 2 Billion in discounts over upcoming missions but his offer was rejected.
In an official statement, Blue Origin said, “We firmly believe that the issues identified in this procurement and its outcomes must be addressed to restore fairness, create competition and ensure a safe return to the Moon for America.”
SpaceX’s head and Bezos competitor also showed his displeasure on Bezos’ activities and tweeted, “If lobbying and lawyers could get you to orbit, Bezos would be on Pluto right now.”