Zeus offers $2 billion for contract on NASA’s lunar module

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WASHINGTON: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is once again trying to secure a contract, after his space company, Blue Origin, lost a bidding process to build NASA’s first commercial lunar lander.

In an open letter to NASA President Bill Nelson published on Monday, Bezos offered Blue Origin to cover costs of up to $2 billion this year and in the next two years to develop and produce a lunar lander if the company is allowed to compete again against SpaceX. Owned by billionaire Elon Musk.

NASA did not give any public response.

The agency awarded SpaceX the contract to develop the first commercial lander to transport astronauts to the Moon in the bidding process in April, in place of Blue Origin.

The contract is worth about $3 billion and is part of NASA’s Artemis program.

Since the decision was made, Blue Origin has protested against him several times. The New Shepard spacecraft of Blue Origin took Bezos on a short trip into space last week.

NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024, is a stepping stone to the first human mission to Mars.

(dpa)





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