SpaceX lunar contract paused again pending Blue Origin lawsuit

According to court documents, SpaceX's $ 3 billion construction contract

The lunar ship for NASA was suspended for the second time on Thursday after Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin filed a lawsuit over the contract award.

NASA has voluntarily agreed to temporarily suspend the contract until November 1, while the US Federal Court, where Blue Origin filed a lawsuit last week, will hear the case.

Blue Origin asked the court to suspend the actionSpaceX's contract for the duration of the trial, according to someone familiar with the company's documents. NASA, which is aiming to land astronauts on the moon around 2024, has agreed to suspend SpaceX's contract on condition that all parties agree to "an expedited timetable for trials ending November 1," a spokesman for the agency said.

The hearing of the argumentation of the parties is scheduled for October 14. SpaceX intervened in the lawsuit earlier this week to "provide the court with a complete and accurate picture."

Despite delays caused by protestsof Blue Origin, SpaceX has made rapid progress on its Starship system and is promoting the program using mostly private funds. The first Starship prototype to go into orbit - a key milestone in SpaceX's development - should be ready to launch in a few weeks.

But the rocket cannot be launched untilThe FAA will not complete a long-term environmental review of the SpaceX launch site in Boca Chica, Texas, the company's hub for the launch of the starship.

Source: theverge

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