NASA suspended its contract with SpaceX to wait for the preliminary results of the lawsuit filed by Blue Origin to return the astronauts to the moon.
The voluntary stay will expire on November 1, which is two weeks after the oral debate in this case. According to the timeline It was filed in the U.S. Federal Claims Court on Thursday.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ commercial space company Blue Origin has awarded Elon Musk’s SpaceX a $2.9 billion contract for NASA’s decision to build the first lunar landing to send astronauts to the moon since Apollo. The era of lawsuits against the U.S. government.
The decision was previously the subject of Blue Origin’s protest, but it was rejected by the Government Accountability Office on July 30.
Blue Origin filed a lawsuit in a sealed manner, but the company’s previous bid protests challenged NASA’s decision to award a single contract.
NASA initially hoped to fund two of the three teams to continue research on their manned landing system, which would provide a backup option. Agency officials cited congressional budget constraints as one of the reasons why only one award was awarded.