The abusive plans of the billionaire and CEO of the aerospace company SpaceX Elon Musk to land people on the moon in 2024 were on the verge of collapse. NASA has suspended the billion-dollar contract with SpaceX due to a complaint from Jeff Bezos and Dynetics’ Blue Origin.
A source: Reuters
What will happen next with the NASA-SpaceX lunar contract is still unknown. The program can only be restored by decision of the US Audit Office, which they promise to be made public no later than August 4. Until that moment, Elon Musk’s SpaceX company must stop any work related to the contract.
The scandal around the lunar contract NASA and SpaceX
The scandal surrounding the NASA-SpaceX lunar contract worth 2.9 billion dollars arose after the Blue Origin company of billionaire Jeff Bezos decided to protest the victory of Elon Musk’s company in the tender in the US Audit Office. Blue Origin said NASA gave SpaceX the opportunity to reconsider its application, which was not given to other companies. Bezos also claims that NASA’s decision expands SpaceX’s “monopoly” control over space exploration.
“This decision eliminates the possibility of competition, significantly narrows the supply base and not only delays, but also threatens the return of the United States to the moon. Therefore, we filed a complaint,” said representatives of Blue Origin.
Alabama-based Dynetics was also competing for the opportunity to take part in the lunar program. She also filed a complaint.
Lunar program Artemis ?? what is known about the mission
Two years ago, the team of former US President Donald Trump tasked NASA with the first landing of a crewed Artemis spacecraft by 2024. As part of the program, the first woman and subsequent men are planned to land on the surface of the Earth satellite. The aim of the program is to organize scientific research and find economic benefits from the use of the moon. We are talking, in particular, about the transformation of a satellite into a platform for further exploration of Mars.
10 countries have already joined the mission, including Ukraine. The program’s founders expect Artemis to become the broadest and most diverse international human space exploration program in history.