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Blue Origin lunar lander lawsuit dismissed by federal judge

4 Nov 2021, 17:45 UTC
Blue Origin lunar lander lawsuit dismissed by federal judge
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A rendering of the National Team lander design, which is being built by Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Draper. Credit: Blue Origin
A United States Court of Federal Claims judge dismissed a lawsuit by Blue Origin versus NASA over the agency’s decision to award the Human Landing System contract solely to SpaceX.
In April of this year, NASA awarded SpaceX a contract worth $2.9 billion to build a human-rated Moon lander based on the company’s Starship design, which is currently in development. It was hoped NASA would choose two commercial providers for redundancy in the development process in much the same way as was done for the Commercial Crew Program with SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner.
However, because of inadequate funding provided by Congress for the program, NASA opted to choose SpaceX as it had the lowest bid. Blue Origin had bid $5.9 billion while the third company competing for the HLS contract, Dynetics, had bid even higher.
Shortly after the decision, Blue Origin and Dynetics filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office, which prevented NASA from allocating money to SpaceX until the situation was resolved.
In July, the GAO sided with NASA, stating that ...

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