Earlier this yr, Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin shed a bid to competitor SpaceX to develop a human landing technique for NASA’s Artemis Method. This 7 days, it won a NASA contract for a related job—but at a considerably smaller price tag.
NASA declared Tuesday that it has awarded Blue Origin and 4 other businesses a batch of contracts well worth a merged $146 million to build moon lander concepts that could probably direct to genuine landing program advancement in the upcoming.
Blue Origin’s agreement was $26.5 million. The other four corporations are SpaceX ($9.4 million), Dynetics ($40.8 million), Lockheed Martin ($35.2 million) and Northrop Grumman ($34.8 million).
The contracts were awarded beneath NASA’s NextSTEP-2 (Next Place Systems for Exploration Partnerships) Appendix N: Sustainable Human Landing Program Research and Danger Reduction. It’s a distinctive portion under the Artemis Application from the Human Landing Method (HLS) deal that was presented to SpaceX earlier this calendar year, for which Blue Origin and Dynetics equally submitted competing proposals.
SpaceX’s moon lander proposal is approximated to cost $2.9 billion, beating Blue Origin’s $5.99 billion and Dynetics’ $3.3 billion bids.
When the NextSTEP-2 contracts are not as substantial as the HLS, NASA stated the result of these projects could notify future lander advancement. The contractors will be tasked to conduct ingredient assessments for performance, safety and other functionalities.
“The operate from these businesses will finally assist form the system and specifications for a upcoming NASA’s solicitation to deliver common astronaut transportation from lunar orbit to the surface area of the Moon,” the company reported in a assertion on Tuesday.
In July, Blue Origin and Dynetics submitted a complaint with the U.S. Government Accountability Office, protesting NASA deciding upon only one HLS contractor. The watchdog dominated that NASA experienced run a good level of competition. In response, Blue Origin sued NASA last thirty day period in the U.S. Court docket of Federal Statements. The lawsuit is ongoing.