The Government Accountability Office crushed Blue Origin’s dissent over NASA’s choice to pick a solitary lunar lander project worker, the organization said Friday, additionally denying a comparable dissent from Dynetics. The GAO’s choice keeps Blue Origin’s opponent, Elon Musk’s SpaceX, the sole champ of NASA’s rewarding Moon lander program, and hands a misfortune to Jeff Bezos, whose space organization pursued a months-in length battle to win similar financing.
In formal protests filed in April, Bezos’ Blue Origin and guard worker for hire Dynetics blamed NASA for crossing paths with contracting law when the office retired their proposition and gave Musk’s SpaceX a solitary $2.9 billion agreement to construct the country’s first human lunar lander in quite a while and land a group on the Moon by 2024. NASA had said it could grant up to two organizations for the agreement, yet never dedicated to that number, and went with SpaceX’s Starship proposition. The GAO found that NASA “claimed all authority to make various honors, a solitary honor, or no honor by any means.”
Musk reacted to the news by tweeting “GAO” with a flexing bicep emoticon.
In picking just SpaceX, NASA said it did what it could with the financing it had from Congress. Legislators gave NASA a fourth of the generally $3 billion it mentioned for its space traveler Moon lander program. In its dissent, Blue Origin said NASA should’ve canceled the program or retooled it when the office acknowledged it wouldn’t have had sufficient cash to support two workers for hire. Yet, the GAO dismissed that contention, saying “there was no necessity for NASA to participate in conversations, correct, or drop the declaration because of the measure of financing accessible for the program.”
Blue Origin and Dynetics’ misfortune at the GAO lifts the three-month procedural hold on SpaceX’s agreement, which was set up as the GAO arbitrated Blue Origin’s dissent. That is uplifting news for NASA’s speedy Artemis program, which actually calls for handling a group of space travelers on the Moon by 2024, with a few maintained missions after that. NASA has said it intends to open up future lunar transportation contract programs that different organizations, including the individuals who lost to SpaceX, can seek. In any case, Blue Origin has said that SpaceX, as the sole champ of the main agreement, would enjoy an unreasonable upper hand over other possible bidders for those future honors.