Space X will not land on the moon, NASA froze the contract

WASHINGTON – The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration [NASA] has suspended the contract for the development of a human landing system on the lunar surface until November 2021, the main contractor of which is the American private aerospace company SpaceX, learned, citing SpaceNews.

It is reported that NASA has decided to “freeze” the contract to speed up the trial, which began after Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin filed a federal petition with the US court on August 13 to verify the legality of NASA’s decision to select Elon Musk’s SpaceX to develop the landing system. man to the moon in 2024 as part of the Artemis program.

“NASA has voluntarily suspended work with SpaceX on the Human Landing Lunar Landing System (HLS) from August 19 to November 1. In exchange for a temporary shutdown, the parties have agreed to expedite court proceedings, which will end November 1,” a NASA spokesman told SpaceNews.

In April of this year, Blue Origin filed a protest with the US Audit Office in connection with NASA’s choice of SpaceX to send a man to the moon as part of the Artemis program.

According to the company, NASA did not allow Blue Origin to revise their application for participation in the competition to send a man to the moon when the department announced a budget cut for the program from $ 3.3 billion to $ 850 million. the participant of the competition, however, with an insufficient budget, this option became impossible.

On July 30, the US Audit Office rejected the protest, confirming the legitimacy of Musk’s contract. According to her decision, NASA did not violate any rules when choosing a winner, the management had the right to choose only one contractor. Also in the report of the Chamber, it is noted that the project of a system for landing a man on the moon submitted by SpaceX met the stated requirements, which means that the company received the contract legally.

Earlier, in September 2019, NASA approached private companies with an offer to participate in a competition to create innovative projects as part of the program to develop a system for landing a man on the moon in 2024.

SpaceX, Dynetics, and Blue Origin entered the competition for the contract in partnership with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Draper.

In April 2020, NASA allocated money to the participants to develop a project for a system for the safe landing of a man on the moon until December of the same year, the total amount of appropriations amounted to $ 967 million.

In April of this year, NASA announced that the contract for sending astronauts to the moon in 2024 was received by Elon Musk’s SpaceX.


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