Earlier this month, Jeff Bezos attempted to bribe NASA into awarding his space tourism company Blue Origin with a contract to build lunar landers. Bezos offered $2 billion to NASA in exchange for relinquishing the awarded $2.9 billion contract from Elon Musk’s SpaceX and giving it to Blue Origin. Since then, Blue Origin has increased the stakes by filing a complaint in federal court against NASA stating that it wrongfully awarded the contract to SpaceX.
The filing in court comes after the U.S. Government Accountability Office denied Blue Origin’s request to overturn NASA’s decision. Since then, Blue Origin refuses to back down and has stated that “This bid protest challenges NASA’s unlawful and improper evaluation of proposals,” and that “We firmly believe that the issues identified in this procurement and its outcomes must be addressed to restore fairness, create competition, and ensure a safe return to the Moon for America.”
Blue Origin has also released infographics containing information related to the lunar landers that the company hopes to create. The release of these infographics is in an attempt to gain favorability among the public in hopes to overturn NASA’s decision. However, Musk did not take kindly to the release of Blue Origin’s infographics and responded with a tweet stating, “the sad thing is that even if Santa Claus suddenly made their hardware real for free, the first thing you’d want to do is cancel it.”