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Bezos loses lawsuit against NASA, ‘not the decision we wanted,’ he says

10:43, 05 November 2021
Bezos loses lawsuit against NASA, ‘not the decision we wanted,’ he says Photo: Javier Rojas/ Keystone Press Agency/Global Look Press

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin has lost a lawsuit filed in August against NASA as the space agency awarded a $2,9 billion contract to Elon Musk’s company SpaceX within the lunar landing program, according to the US Federal Court of Claims.

Federal Judge Richard Hetling ruled in favor of the defense thus ending the months-lasting court process after Blue Origin filed against NASA in August.

The space agency said it will proceed working with SpaceX after the court’s decision was made.

“There will be forthcoming opportunities for companies to partner with NASA in establishing a long-term human presence at the Moon under the agency’s Artemis program,” according to the agency.

A spokesperson for Blue Origin told CNBC in a statement that the filed lawsuit “highlighted the important safety issues with the Human Landing System procurement process that must still be addressed.”

Jeff Bezos put his comment on a judge’s ruling on Twitter saying that it was not what the company wanted but Blue Origin respects the decision, implying that there will be no appeal on this subject.

Elon Musk mocked Bezos by posting a picture with the face of Judge Dredd from the “Dredd” movie (2012) with a caption “You have been judged.”

In April, NASA signed a $2.9 billion contract with SpaceX within the Artemis program that includes delivering astronauts to the moon’s surface on a SpaceX’s Starship rocket.