Elon Musk Hilariously Trolls Jeff Bezos After SpaceX Won $2.9B NASA Contract
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After losing the deal to Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Blue Origin had filed a protest to NASA with Government Accountability Office. The $2.9 billion flight contract had been granted to Elon Musk earlier this month, and SpaceX is now allowed to have a lunar lander.
Cheeky as always. Elon Musk had to tweet under New York Times post on Jeff Bezos’ fight for his lunar lander rights.
Elon Musk replied “Can’t get it up (to orbit) lol” to the news. Despite the fact that he now stands as the world’s third-richest after Jeff Bezos and French billionaire Bernard Arnault, he has a lot of reasons to smile.
SpaceX’s HLS Starship is set to bring the first woman and person of color to the surface of moon in 2024. It is equipped Raptor engines tested by his company.
The Starship lander had a couple of failures while being tested in Texas, but Elon still won the bid at $2.91 billion against the $5.99 billion bid from Amazon’s CEO. Along with his lander, Elon Musk also sends the first woman and person of color to the moon.
New York Times reported that Jeff Bezos had filed a 50-page long protest for NASA’s choice.
Blue Origin’s CEO, Bob Smith, argued that NASA’s evaluation to prefer SpaceX over the landers Blue Origin worked on with Dynetics from Alabama was flawed.
NASA has also made ‘atypical errors’ by emphasizing on cost as Bob Smith added on.
Blue Origin legal experts explained that NASA had a predisposition to award two companies, but they fell short in anticipating the available budgets for future projects.
“NASA has executed a flawed acquisition for the Human Landing System program and moved the goalposts at the last minute. In NASA’s own words, it has made a “high risk” selection,” the statement from Blue Origin reads.
“Their decision eliminates opportunities for competition, significantly narrows the supply base, and not only delays but also endangers America’s return to the Moon.”
Blue Origin’s proposed landing system in a competition between multi-billionaires to send a lander.
The moon also hasn’t seen a human landing system since 1972. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine hinted at multiple awardees during his life speech in April, which had been overridden with only one winner: SpaceX.