SpaceX’s contract was suspended due to the complaints of competing companies, which won the tender for the human landing system that NASA will use to recapture the moon.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) agreed with SpaceX for the human landing system (HLS) , which is an important part of the intense work it has spent to land people on our satellite again and constitutes one of the critical pillars of the Artemis project developed in this context . However, the agreement reached for $ 2.89 billion with a last minute development was suspended.
The objections of Blue Origin and Dynetics caused the suspension of SpaceX’s contract from NASA . The National Team, which was established under the leadership of Blue Origin, a space company owned by Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos and partnered with companies named Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper, and Dynetics’ human download systems were also among the candidates of the project.
As a result of the lost deal To the Government Liability OfficeThe efforts of Blue Origin and Dynetics, who filed a protest recently, have yielded results. In his application, Blue Origin accused the institution of “changing the goal posts at the last minute” and stated that the Artemis project, for which the year 2024 was targeted, was thus put in jeopardy.
NASA announced that the HLS project was suspended until the application made on April 26th. The statement was made by NASA spokesman Monica Witt.
As part of the Artemis project, NASA plans to visit our satellite, which was last sent by humans in 1972, with two astronauts. In the statement made by NASA after the award won by SpaceX, “With this authority, NASA and our partners will take important steps in deep space exploration areas that will spread over a long period with the equality of men and women while carrying out the manned trial mission to be held on the surface of the Moon in the 21st century. With this step, humanity will enter into an effort for the sustainable exploration of our satellite, and our eyes will be on much more lands, including Mars. ” statements were used.
The landing vehicle SpaceX will develop as part of the HLS project is based on the company’s Starship spacecraft.