Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin slams NASA for its 'unfair' decision to award Elon Musk's SpaceX a $2.9 billion contract
Blue Originfiled a protest against NASA's $2.9 billion contractwith SpaceXto send humans to the moon.
- Blue Origin, owned by
Jeff Bezos, said the contract was "flawed" and NASA "moved the goalposts at the last minute."
- NASA originally said it would select two out of three companies for the contract, but chose only SpaceX for budget reasons.
NASA said in a statement that budget concerns and lack of funding from Congress meant it could only pick one company.Two days after the announcement, Blue Origin told Insider in a statement: "We are looking to learn more about the selection." One week later, it filed a 50-page protest.
responded on Twitter to the report about Blue Origin's protest filing, saying: "Can't get it up (to orbit) lol."
In the protest filing, Blue Origin wrote that NASA's evaluation of its proposal was "unreasonable," and that it "improperly and disparately" assessed SpaceX's proposal.
Blue Origin: "We didn't get a chance to revise and that's fundamentally unfair"
Bob Smith, CEO of Blue Origin, reiterated to The New York Times on Monday that NASA's decision was flawed, adding that the agency should have awarded two companies like it originally said it would.In its protest filing, Blue Origin said NASA expected the company's human landing system (HSL) to cost $6 billion - more than double the cost of SpaceX's $2.9 billion project.
Smith said that NASA went back to SpaceX to negotiate the price of its proposal, but the agency didn't have the same discussions with Blue Origin or Dynetics.
Blue Origin said in its protest filing that funding both Blue Origin and SpaceX's HSL's would have cost NASA less than $9 billion."We didn't get a chance to revise and that's fundamentally unfair," Smith told the Times.
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