For a contract with NASA to transport men to the moon, Jeff Bezos’ space company is proposing to cover billions of dollars in expenditures. If NASA chooses Blue Origin to build a moon lander, the company claimed it will fund up to $2 billion in the first two years of production, waiving payments for the first two years. The business also offers to develop and launch a pathfinder mission on its own dime, as well as collaborate with NASA on a fixed-price contract that would protect NASA from cost overruns.
A contract with Blue Origin could be less expensive than one with Elon Musk’s company as a result of the offer. In April, NASA awarded SpaceX the contract for the Human Landing System mission. The contract was forced to be suspended in May after Bezos’ business filed a protest against the $2.9 billion contract, calling it “unfair.” It will remain suspended until the protests are resolved.
Bezos wrote, “Instead of this single source approach, NASA should embrace its original strategy of competition. Without competition, a short time into the contract, NASA will find itself with limited options as it attempts to negotiate missed deadlines, design changes, and cost overruns.”The Senate passed a technology and science package in June that included an amendment allocating an additional $10 billion to the moon-lander programme and requiring NASA to choose a second business in addition to SpaceX. Musk’s business fought the legislation at the time, claiming that it would grant Bezos a “$10 billion sole-source handout.” Bezos’ open letter was critical of NASA’s collaboration with SpaceX.