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CNBC: US Government Denies Blue Origin’s Protest of SpaceX Lunar Lander Award

By | July 30, 2021

SpaceX’s Starship Lunar Lander (Photo: SpaceX)

The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Friday denied protests from companies affiliated with Jeff Bezos that NASA wrongly awarded a lucrative astronaut lunar lander contract solely to Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

The complaints were filed by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Leidos’ subsidiary Dynetics.

“NASA did not violate procurement law or regulation when it decided to make only one award … the evaluation of all three proposals was reasonable, and consistent with applicable procurement law, regulation, and the announcement’s terms,” GAO managing associate general counsel Kenneth Patton wrote in a statement.

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