Blue Origin owner Jeff Bezos wrote an open letter to NASA on Monday offering a $2 bn discount to allow his company to build a Moon lander. The HLS contract was awarded to rival SpaceX in April. Bezos said the offer would "bridge the funding shortfall" for NASA.

         

Bezos offers NASA $2 billion in exchange for moon mission contract

WHAT?

Blue Origin owner Jeff Bezos wrote an open letter to NASA offering a $2 billion discount to allow his company to build a Moon lander.

WHEN?

Monday, 26/07/2021

HOW?

The human landing system (HLS) contract, worth $2.9 billion, was awarded to rival SpaceX in April, but Blue Origin and a third company Dynetics filed protests that are currently awaiting adjudication by the US Government Accountability Office.

In his letter to NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, Bezos said the offer would "bridge the funding shortfall" that led to the space agency picking just one contractor, instead of two which would then compete with each other.

He added, "this offer is not a deferral, but is an outright permanent waiver."