Elon Musk scorns Jeff Bezos’ lawsuit on NASA moon lander

SpaceX founder Elon Musk is not impressed by his rival Jeff Bezos’ authorized method to a moon shot.

SpaceX and Bezos’ Blue Origin have been locked in battle for months over a coveted NASA contract to develop the lander to position astronauts on the moon for the primary time since 1972. In April, NASA determined to fund solely SpaceX‘s work on such a system, dubbed the Human Landing System (HLS). Blue Origin contested that call; when an preliminary objection failed, the corporate sued. The case is now under evaluation till the top of October, with NASA and SpaceX unable to work on the undertaking till it’s determined.

Musk was requested in regards to the scenario on Tuesday (Sept. 28) at Vox Media’s annual Code Conference. “You cannot sue your way to the moon, OK?” Musk mentioned. “No matter how good your lawyers are.”

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“I think he should put more of his energy into getting to orbit than lawsuits,” Musk mentioned.

The remark references Bezos’ suborbital flight on July 20, when he and three companions skilled a couple of minutes of microgravity aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard space tourism capsule.

New Shepard is presently Blue Origin’s solely operational car, though the corporate can also be working on an orbital launch system and a small lunar lander for science and expertise payloads, along with the astronaut touchdown car it’s preventing so laborious to curiosity NASA in.

In distinction, SpaceX is now flying common human flights to orbit on its Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule. Meanwhile, the corporate is testing prototypes of the Starship heavy-launch system that it proposed adapting for NASA’s moon-landing wants.

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The dispute represents yet one more potential delay in NASA’s Artemis program, which is designed to land people on the moon, theoretically in late 2024. But Congress allotted far less money to HLS than NASA had requested, prompting the selection of solely SpaceX.

But different parts of the mission are additionally going through challenges: NASA’s heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket has but to fly, and reviews point out that the brand new moonwalking fits NASA wants for the mission will not be prepared in time.

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