The watchdog denies Blue Origin’s challenge to NASA’s lunar landing program

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied Blue Origin’s objection to NASA’s decision to select only one company to build the first human lunar landing unit in decades. The decision considers Blue Origin’s rival SpaceX the only winner in NASA’s profitable Moon lander program and gives a defeat to Jeff Bezos, whose space company went through months of fighting to get the same funding.

In the official protest Bezos’s Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics, who filed in April, had accused NASA of violating the agreements when the agency rejected their proposals; gave Elon Muskin SpaceX a lone $ 3 billion contract to land human crews on the Moon by 2024. NASA had said it could award the contract to up to two companies, but never committed to that chapter and chose only SpaceX’s Starship proposal. GAO found that NASA “reserved the right to make multiple awards, one award or no award at all.”

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