Watchdog denies Blue Origin’s challenge to NASA’s lunar lander program
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Watchdog denies Blue Origin’s challenge to NASA’s lunar lander program

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Blue Origin’s protest against NASA’s decision to pick just one company to build its first human lunar lander in decades was denied by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the watchdog agency said Friday, also denying a similar protest from Dynetics. The decision keeps Blue Origin’s rival, Elon Musk’s, SpaceX the sole winner of NASA’s lucrative Moon lander program and hands a loss to Jeff Bezos, whose space company waged a months-long fight to win the same funding.

In a formal protest filed in April, Bezos’ Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics had accused NASA of running afoul of contracting law when the agency shelved their proposals and gave Elon Musk’s SpaceX a lone $3 billion contract to land a crew of humans on the Moon…

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