Jeff Bezos, left, and Elon Musk
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The U.S. Federal Court of Claims dominated towards Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin within the firm’s lawsuit towards NASA over a profitable astronaut lunar lander contract awarded to Elon Musk’s SpaceX earlier this yr.
Federal choose Richard Hertling sided with the protection in his ruling, finishing a months lengthy battle after Blue Origin sued NASA in August.
NASA in April awarded SpaceX with the only real contract for the company’s Human Landing System program underneath a aggressive course of. Worth $2.9 billion, the SpaceX contract will see the corporate use its Starship rocket to ship astronauts to the moon’s floor for NASA’s upcoming Artemis missions.
Blue Origin rapidly protested the choice with the U.S. Government Accountability Office, however the GAO in late July denied the corporate’s enchantment – main Bezos’ area firm to escalate its authorized motion.
A redacted model of Blue Origin’s lawsuit revealed the corporate’s grievance targeted on proving that NASA wrongly awarded to solely SpaceX and “disregarded key flight security necessities” within the course of.
Hertling’s ruling dismissed Blue Origin’s claims. The courtroom’s opinion is at the moment sealed, because the case accommodates info proprietary to the businesses, however the events have been ordered by Hertling to ship proposed redactions by Nov. 18, to publicly launch the opinion.
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