The space race of recent years has been an exciting process in which several companies and their billionaire owners fight for control of the gigantic contracts for the exploration and subsequent conquest of space.
Blue Origins by Jeff Bezos on the one hand and Space X by Elon Musk on the other, are the main characters of this new episode of confrontation.
NASA recently opened the possibility for companies to apply by presenting a project for the construction of a landing system on the Moon.
This project involved an investment of $2.9 billion and it is intended that astronauts return to the Moon as early as 2024 for the first time since 1972.
At first, NASA floated the idea that the project would be carried out jointly by both companies, which would divide the efforts, investment, and profits equally. However, NASA, alleging a shortage of funds, finally decided to reject Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origins proposal and grant exclusivity of the concession to Elon Musk’s Space X.
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This was not taken very well by the richest man in the world and founder of Amazon who along with a team of lawyers has decided to initiate a lawsuit against NASA.
In its lawsuit, Blue Origins affirms that the project still requires two suppliers to be carried out successfully, it also described the assignment of Space X as unfair, since they affirm that in that process a wrong and illegal evaluation of its capacities was made.
“We strongly believe that the issues identified in this acquisition and its results must be addressed to restore equity, create competition and ensure a safe return to the Moon for America,” Blue Origins said in a statement.
Bezos wants to ensure his participation in the project and has even offered to cover the budget difference to achieve it.