Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin has sued the U.S. government over NASA’s decision to award a $ 2.9 billion lunar lander contract to Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
Bezos, the founder of Amazon and one of the richest people in the world, founded Blue Origin to pursue the dream of a commercial space flight, which saw him, his brother and two other members of crew take off from Texas last month.
After that flight, Blue Origin offered NASA $ 2 billion if it changed its mind about the lunar lander contract. It doesn’t, and the Blue Origin lawsuit was filed in the U.S. federal claims court on Friday.
In a court case, the company said it is challenging “NASA’s illegal and inappropriate assessment of the proposals.”
Last month, the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) sided with NASA in its decision to choose a single supplier of lunar landers, rejecting Blue Origin’s protest.
Blue Origin’s lawsuit remains under seal. NASA must file a response to the challenge before October 12.
Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics argued that NASA was required to give out several awards. The GAO said it “denied the protest arguments that NASA acted inappropriately by giving SpaceX a single award.”
Blue Origin said earlier that it remained convinced there were “fundamental problems” with the NASA decision, and that the GAO was unable to resolve them “due to their limited jurisdiction.”
Blue Origin said it will continue to advocate for two immediate suppliers because it believes this is the right solution.