Judge releases redacted lunar lander lawsuit from Bezos’ Blue Origin against NASA-SpaceX contract

The facade of Blue Origin’s new rocket engine factory in Huntsville, Alabama.

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The U.S. Federal Court of Claims on Wednesday released a redacted version of the lawsuit by Jeff Bezos‘ Blue Origin against NASA over the lucrative lunar lander contract awarded to Elon Musk’s SpaceX earlier this year.

“Historically a staunch advocate for prioritizing safety, NASA inexplicably disregarded key flight safety requirements for only SpaceX, in order to select and make award to a SpaceX proposal that assessed as tremendously high risk and immensely complex, even before the waiver of safety requirements,” Blue Origin said in the lawsuit filed in August.

Blue Origin’s complaint came after the U.S. Government Accountability Office denied the company’s protest, upholding NASA’s decision.

The congressional watchdog’s ruling backed the space agency’s surprise announcement in April that NASA awarded SpaceX with a lunar lander contract worth about $2.9 billion. SpaceX was competing with Blue Origin and Dynetics for what was expected to be two contracts, before NASA awarded only a single contract due to a lower-than-expected allocation for the program from Congress.

Read the full copy of Blue Origin’s redacted lawsuit below.

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