The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) awarded SpaceX Jeff Bezos “Blue Origin” and defense contractor Dynetics the lunar contract.
NASA said Friday that NASA had told Elon Musk’s SpaceX to halt work on the contract to develop a lunar spacecraft, awaiting the outcome of a challenge from rival bidders in the US Government Accountability Office. After that.
This means that SpaceX must stop any work related to the lunar project contract until GAO makes a decision, no later than August 4. A SpaceX spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Earlier this month, NASA awarded SpaceX billionaire Jeff Bezos the “Blue Origin” contract with defense contractor Dynetics. This high-profile project aims to bring humanity back to the moon for the first time since 1972.
Blue Origin also argued that the decision expanded SpaceX’s “monopoly” control of space exploration.
NASA said: “In accordance with GAO protests, NASA directed SpaceX to suspend the progress of the HLS (Human Landing System) contract until GAO resolves all pending lawsuits related to the purchase.” Friday.