$ 2.9 billion. That’s the whopping amount of the contract NASA signed with SpaceX on April 16 for the Artemis program. This project was launched under the mandate of Donald Trump and aims to bring a crew to lunar soil by 2024. In this context, Elon Musk is responsible for building the first human lunar lander. The US space agency has decided to permanently suspend this deal after protests from Blue Origin and Dynetics, two companies competing with SpaceX.
SpaceX to continue test flights
It is the Government Accountability Office (GAO), equivalent to the French Court of Auditors, that has adopted this file for a decision expected before August 4th. She is responsible for managing federal contract disputes. It must therefore be decided whether the criticism of the two companies is justified and whether this agreement should be terminated or not.
According to The Verge, SpaceX’s spacecraft missile system has won the competition due to its massive load capacity and lower price. This didn’t really convince Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ company. She believes NASA changed the allocation rules at the last moment, which could have changed the situation.
This suspension should not prevent the company from continuing its test flights at its base in Boca Chica, Texas. A launch is precisely planned in the coming days with the approval of the Federal Aviation Administration. Meanwhile, Elon Musk, true to himself, made a number of jokes on Twitter to ironize the situation.
I can’t make it (into orbit) lol
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 26, 2021
The billionaire isn’t on his first try. He recently announced his intention to found a new town called “Starbase” in Texas on the social network. It would be a community at the launch site of the SpaceX Starship rocket. This idea is far from enchanting the residents and more information on the subject can be found in the article we dedicated to this colorful story.