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It looks like Blue Origin will be able to help NASA send astronauts to the moon again, even though they lost the contract to SpaceX last year.
- A second business has been sought by NASA to assist with the landing of astronauts on the moon.
- After losing the contract to SpaceX last year, Blue Origin has announced it expects to make a proposal.
- After NASA selected SpaceX in August, Jeff Bezos' space business filed a lawsuit against the agency.
On Wednesday, the space agency said it was going to open up the competition for its Artemis program to another company. A few days later, Jeff Bezos' space company said they would try again for the multibillion-dollar job.
"Blue Origin is ready to fight and is very excited about the success of Artemis," a spokesperson for the company told Insider. To get the United States to the Moon as soon as possible, we'll keep working with NASA.
This news came first from CNBC's Michael Sheetz. NASA started the project in 2019 and said it was looking for two companies to make spacecrafts that could take astronauts from the moon to the moon. In April, the agency backtracked on the offer, saying that NASA could only choose one company because of a lack of money. Blue Origin took this decision to court.
Blue Origin tried to get NASA to change its mind, so they took the issue to the Government Accountability Office. That didn't work, so in August, Jeff Bezos' space venture sued NASA for unfairness and favoritism. They said the agency's decision to choose SpaceX as the only winner of the lunar lander contract was unfair and a case of favoritism. Alleged NASA took away the competition on the project by choosing just one company instead of two to work together. In November, the judge threw out the case.
Bill Nelson, the head of NASA, didn't say how much the program would cost because President Joe Biden's budget for the 2023 fiscal year isn't out until next week.
"I said there would be a fight. There you go "Nelson said at a press conference on Tuesday. This is what he said "We think that competition leads to better, more reliable results, and the Congress agrees with us on this point too. It is good for everyone. It helps NASA. It helps the people of the United States "he said more.
Second contract: NASA says the spacecraft will need to be able to carry more cargo and stay on the moon's surface for a longer time.
Blue Origin could be one of the best candidates for the job. For the top spot in the competition last year, Bezos and Musk's companies competed against each other. This year will be different. To compete with SpaceX, the Amazon founder even offered to pay for Blue Origin with $2 billion of his own money. But the deal was still more expensive than Musk's. It cost $2.9 billion, which was less than half the price of all other space companies.
"Blue Origin is excited that NASA is going to buy a second system for humans to land on the moon," the company's spokesperson said in a statement. "NASA will do this to make sure that the critical redundancy and robustness needed for a long-term U.S. lunar presence will be in place."
A second contract will be decided by early next year, and they plan to fly a new lunar landing spacecraft in the next five years. This is how it works: It's part of SpaceX's deal with NASA to fly a test flight of its Starship spaceship to the moon and eventually land astronauts on the moon with the spacecraft. It's been said by Musk that SpaceX wants to launch the first orbital flight of its new Starship in the next few months.