Jeff Bezos is offering to cover billions in costs if NASA remedies its 'mistake' and gives Blue Origin the chance to compete with SpaceX again for a moon-lander contract
Blue Origin said NASA had been "unfair" when it gave a contract to SpaceX. Now Jeff Bezos wants his space company to have a second chance.
Blue Origin said it would cover up to 2 billion for the first two years of production of a moon lander, waiving payments for the first two years if NASA awards the company the project. The company is also offering to develop and launch a pathfinder mission at its own expense, as well as work with NASA on a fixed-price contract, which would free the space agency from any cost overages.
In June, the Senate passed a tech and science bill that included an amendment that would allocate an extra $10 billion to the moon-lander program and require NASA to pick a second company in addition to SpaceX.
At the time, Musk's company pushed back against the amendment, saying the bill would give Bezos "a $10 billion sole-source hand-out."
Bezos' open letter took aim at NASA's relationship with SpaceX.
"In April (prior to your confirmation as NASA administrator), only one HLS bidder, SpaceX, was offered the opportunity to revise their price and funding profile, leading to their selection," Bezos wrote. "Blue Origin was not offered the same opportunity. That was a mistake, it was unusual, and it was a missed opportunity. But it is not too late to remedy. We stand ready to help NASA moderate its technical risks and solve its budgetary constraints and put the Artemis Program back on a more competitive, credible, and sustainable path."
A NASA spokesperson told Insider the agency is aware of Bezos' letter, but declines to comment to "maintain the integrity" of the reviewal process. A spokesperson from SpaceX did not respond to Insider's request for comment.
Blue Origin and SpaceX's fight over the $10 billion cash injection is the latest development in a long rivalry between the companies and their CEOs, two of the richest people on the planet.
Because Bezos hobby company cannot keep up with Space X, he has to use money and of course his "friends" in congress to buy himself into contracts. While not having achieved a single successful orbital launch until now, he sees himself as a contender for Space X and other companies with years of experience. Not because he has the technical advantage, but because of his ego. And if this is killing the Artemis program all together it is a small price for him, for not letting anyone else get something, what he think he deserves.
So first he stopped the whole program with his lawsuit and now he wants to buy himself in and also wants congress to give him 10 billion dollars just for existing.