Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin has not been picked by NASA. After a recent beg to be chosen to take astronauts back to the moon, NASA has still turned down Blue Origin in favour of Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
It would appear that former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos isn't very happy about NASA's decision. In response, Bezos has decided to sue the Space Agency over alleged “unlawful and improper evaluation” of contracts.
Why is Jeff Bezos suing NASA?
Jeff Bezos is currently protesting NASA’s decision to go with SpaceX for the 2024 Lunar Lander mission. As the first Moon landing since the 1970s, the NASA contact was highly sought after by every space company. However, NASA turned them all down in favour of Elon Musk's established SpaceX firm.
Bezos has previously filed a formal protest. Afterwards, the Amazon founder offered a $2 billion discount to NASA if his company was picked. Despite this, Bezos’ begs were still refused by the Space Agency.
Blue Origin states that the lawsuit was filed to fight unfairness in the process of space contracts. The company wrote says that the process: “must be addressed to restore fairness, create competition and ensure a safe return to the moon for America."
Is SpaceX more reliable than Blue Origin?
Despite being established in the early 2000s, Bezos’ space company has yet to accomplish much. While SpaceX has already completed three manned trips to the International Space Station, Blue Origin only just completed its first crewed flight.
Despite Bezos’ attempts to sweeten the deal, it shows that SpaceX is simply more reliable at this stage. Whether or not the courts will agree with NASA or not is yet to be decided. However, it does seem like the Space Agency is making an informed decision.