Elon Musk scorns Jeff Bezos’ lawsuit about NASA’s lunar lander

SpaceX founder Elon Musk is unimpressed by rival Jeff Bezos’ legal approach to a lunar photo.

SpaceX and Bezos’ Blue Origin have been in conflict for months over a coveted NASA contract to develop the lander to place astronauts on the moon for the first time since 1972. In April, NASA decided to fund only SpaceX’s work on such a system. nicknamed the Human Landing System (HLS). Blue Origin challenged that decision; When an initial objection failed, the company filed a lawsuit. The case is now under evaluation until the end of October, and NASA and SpaceX will not be able to work on the project until it is decided.

Musk was asked about the situation on Tuesday (September 28) at Vox Media’s Annual Codes Conference. “You can’t sue to get to the moon, okay?” Musk said. “It doesn’t matter how good your lawyers are.”

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“I think it should put more energy into getting to orbit than demands,” Musk said.

The comment refers to Bezos’ suborbital flight on July 20, when he and three colleagues experienced a few minutes of microgravity aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard space tourism capsule.

New Shepard is currently Blue Origin’s only operational vehicle, although the company is also working on an orbital launch system and a small lunar lander for science and technology payloads, in addition to the astronaut landing vehicle it is on. fighting so hard to interest NASA.

In contrast, SpaceX is now flying regular human flights to orbit its Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule. Meanwhile, the company is testing prototypes of the Starship heavy launch system that it proposed to adapt to NASA’s lunar landing needs.

The dispute represents another potential delay in NASA’s Artemis program, which is designed to land humans on the moon, theoretically in late 2024. But Congress allocated much less money to HLS than NASA had requested, prompting the choice of only SpaceX.

But other mission components also face challenges: NASA’s heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket has yet to fly, and reports indicate that the new moonwalk tailored to NASA’s needs for the mission has not yet flown. it will be ready on time.

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