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Will Lawyers Delay The NASA 2024 Lunar Landing Goal?

By Keith Cowing
August 16, 2021
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Will Lawyers Delay The NASA 2024 Lunar Landing Goal?

Keith’s note: NASA Public Affairs has issued this statement (you have to ask for it and they are apparently not going to post it on their website for some reason):
“NASA was notified that Blue Origin filed a bid protest with the United States Court of Federal Claims (COFC) following the denial of the protests filed with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) regarding NASA’s selection for the human landing system (HLS) Option A award. NASA officials are currently reviewing details of the case. NASA is committed to the Artemis program and the nation’s global leadership in space exploration. With our partners, we will go to the Moon and stay to enable science investigations, develop new technology, and create high paying jobs for the greater good and in preparation to send astronauts to Mars. As soon as possible, the agency will provide an update on the way forward for returning to the Moon as quickly and as safely as possible under Artemis.”
Spacesuits and Lawsuits Put 2024 Moon Landing in Jeopardy, NextGov
“NASA may not land astronauts on the Moon by 2024 because two spacesuits won’t be ready on time and because losing bidders have protested the lunar lander contract, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said Tuesday. “The goal is 2024. We have just been held up for 100 days waiting for the protest” filed by Blue Origin and Dynetics to the Government Accountability Office over NASA’s decision to award the contract to SpaceX, Nelson said.. The protest had halted all work on the lander until GAO threw it out on July 30.” … “Nelson said Blue Origin might delay the lunar lander work further with appeals. “We are waiting as we speak to find out if there is going to be a further appeal to the Federal Court of Claims, which is like a federal district court, and then of course you can take appeals from there on to the United States Court of Appeals,” he said. “So there are a lot of blockades that have been put in front of us.”
Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin sues NASA, escalating its fight for a Moon lander contract, The Verge
“Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin brought its fight against NASA’s Moon program to federal court on Monday. The complaint escalates a monthslong crusade by the company to win a chunk of lunar lander funds that was only given to its rival, Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The company’s lawsuit, coming weeks after its first protest over the Moon program was squashed by a federal watchdog agency, could trigger another procedural pause to SpaceX’s contract and add a new lengthy delay to NASA’s race to land astronauts on the Moon by 2024.”

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