A federal company upheld the choice to make Elon Musk’s SpaceX the only real winner of a contract to develop a lander for the Nationwide Aeronautics and Area Administration’s return to the moon, a setback to Jeff Bezos’ house enterprise.
The choice Friday by the U.S. Authorities Accountability Workplace was in response to protests that an affiliate of Mr. Bezos’ Blue Origin LLC and Dynetics, a unit of Leidos Holdings Inc., filed after NASA in April awarded a $2.9 billion contract to SpaceX for the lander. Representatives from Blue Origin and Leidos didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Mr. Bezos’ Blue Origin is pursuing a broad agenda for space, and profitable a part of the lander contract was essential for the corporate’s ambitions. Blue Origin’s companions for its lander included Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp.
In a letter despatched Monday, Mr. Bezos made a personal appeal to NASA Administrator Invoice Nelson relating to the contract, providing to waive as much as $2 billion in funds over roughly the subsequent two years and fund one other mission of the lander to low-Earth orbit.
Mr. Nelson declined to touch upon the letter throughout a briefing Thursday. He had mentioned beforehand at a congressional listening to that NASA would search further funding to help future bids for its lunar touchdown system. A NASA spokeswoman didn’t reply to a request for remark Friday.