NASA asks SpaceX to halt Lunar Lander exertion pending contract difficulties
- S. space agency NASA tells Elon Musk’s SpaceX to halt exertion. This is under a deal it earns to grow a lunar spacecraft, pending the result of difficulties.
- NASA’s choice involves SpaceX has to cease any work explicitly in relation to the moon program contract. This is till the GAO makes a verdict which is due Aug. 4 at the maximum.
- In April’s start, NASA awards SpaceX the lunar contract. The contract is over Blue Origin (owner – tycoon Jeff Bezos) and Dynetics (defense contractor).
US space agency NASA tells Elon Musk’s SpaceX to halt work below a contract it earned in order to build a lunar spacecraft. This is due to pending the consequence of difficulties by rival bidders. These are at the US Government Accountability Office. Details are mentioned the agency said on Friday.
NASA’s decision means SpaceX must prohibit any work explicitly in relation to the Moon programme deal till the GAO makes a verdict, expectation is on August 4 at the earliest.
A SpaceX spokesperson did not instantly reply to a request for an explanation.
Last month, NASA awards SpaceX the lunar agreement over billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics.
The prominent project intends to put people back on the Moon for the first time since 1972.
Blue Origin on Monday files a complaint with the GAO. Which argues amongst other things that NASA gave SpaceX the opportunity to alter its bid but did not give that option to Blue Origin.
Blue Origin also contends the decision expands SpaceX’s “monopolistic” control in space discovery.
The GAO confirms that Dynetics also challenges the NASA contract accolade to SpaceX.
“Pursuant to the GAO complaints, NASA instructs SpaceX that development on the HLS (human landing system) agreement suspends. This is till GAO solves all exceptional litigation in relation to this procurement,” the agency says on Friday.