Blue Origin, the space expedition company owned by Amazon founder Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosSpaceX launches first all-civilian orbit crew into space Tucker Carlson says he lies when ‘I’m really cornered or something’ Feehery: Not this way MORE, is suing NASA over its awarding of a lunar lander contract to SpaceX, a rival company stated by Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskSpaceX sending first all-civilian crew into orbit Elon Musk’s SpaceX vs. the environmentalists Biden seeks to build Democratic support among unions MORE, CNBC reported.
In a court filing on Monday, Blue Origin’s lawyers wrote that their bid will protest NASA’s “unlawful and improper evaluation of proposals,” in a reference to the bids made by the companies to win the contract.
Blue Origin is trying to get the decision to award the contract to SpaceX overturned. The lunar landing contract is worth $2.9 billion, and the Government Accountability Office recently gave its blessing to NASA’s awarding of the contract to SpaceX.
NASA previously handed out developmental contracts to all three companies worth up to $1 billion, with Blue Origin receiving $579 million, CNBC noted.
A Blue Origins spokesperson confirmed their lawsuit to The Hill.
“We firmly believe that the issues identified in this procurement and its outcomes must be addressed to restore fairness, create competition, and ensure a safe return to the Moon for America,” the Blue Origin spokesperson said.
A NASA spokesperson told CNBC in a statement that their agency is currently reviewing the lawsuit.