American Judge Reigns Against the Blue Origin of Jeff Bezos in Luna Lander Suit

Elon Musk reacted to the news using a meme on Twitter (File)

Washington:

A U.S. federal judge ruled Thursday against Blue Origin brought in by Jeff Bezos’ company to cancel a NASA contract awarded to rival SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, to build the next ship for landing.

The verdict ended a month-long legal battle that prevented the U.S. space agency from working with SpaceX on the moon launcher called Starship, which will allow Americans to return to the Moon as part of the Artemis program.

“NASA will resume work with SpaceX under the Option A contract as soon as possible,” the agency said in a statement after the decision.

In April, NASA announced that it had awarded the contract to Musk’s company – a deal worth $ 2.9 billion.

But Blue Origin filed a complaint about the decision with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), saying the bidding process was unfair and that NASA should have bid for more than one contract.

The GAO rejected the company’s claims, and Blue Origin took the matter to the Court of Federal Claims.

Judge Richard Hertling ruled in favor of NASA on Thursday. The justification for the verdict was not immediately made public, and remained under seal.

Blue Origin said in a statement that its complaint “highlighted the major security issues with the Human Landing System acquisition process that still need to be addressed.”

“Blue Origin remains deeply committed to the success of the Artemis program, and we have a broad base of action in multiple contracts with NASA to achieve the U.S. goal of returning to the Moon to stay,” the company said.

Musk reacted in his signature style – with a bit of a snark.

“YOU ARE JUDGED!” he posted on Twitter, using a meme from the comic book and film character Judge Dredd.

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