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Pick Blue Origin’s Lunar Lander: Jeff Bezos Offers NASA $2 Billion Upfront

Jeff Bezos offered a last-minute $2 billion incentive to NASA, for the agency to pick its Blue Origin Lunar Lander for its Human Landing System program.

Jeff Bezos offers NASA $2 billion discount to secure Artemis moon lander contract- Technology News, Firstpost

The former Amazon CEO is willing to clear off up to $2 billion in payments if the agency picks its Space company Blue Origin for its program. Jeff Bezos made this known yesterday in an open letter to NASA administrator Bill Nelson.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX already has won the contract for NASA’s Human Landing System program. Bezos is trying to hijack the deal by making a huge personal financial incentive.

He mentioned, “I believe this mission is important, I am honored to offer these contributions and am grateful to be in a financial position to be able to do so.”

Also, willing to self-fund a blue Moon test launch to low-earth orbit. Bezos made a plea to the agency “All NASA needs to do is take advantage of this offer and amend” the contract.

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NASA’s Initial plan was to have more companies in its project for the Human Landing System program. But it has limited funding from the U.S Congress, hence it awarded the contract to SpaceX.

Bezos believes his $2 billion offer will “bridge the HLS budgetary funding shortfall” and “get the program back on track right now.”

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Former NASA deputy administrator Lori Gaver sees Bezos’s offer as concrete, but she has some reservations.  “I see this as a positive sign overall, but it should not impact the current awards or strategy,” she mentioned.

“NASA can’t just ‘take offers’, she said. Blue Origin contested the awarding of the NASA contract to SpaceX. The GAO will be looking into this next week Monday, and that might change the stance on the NASA contract.

Jeff Bezos offers to pay billions for NASA's second Human Landing System contract - CNET

Blue Origin appeal might be dismissed and SpaceX remains the sole contractor. Also, Jeff Bezos space company becomes the sole contractor or joins SpaceX.

Jeff Bezos recently went on a passenger ride to space in his reusable suborbital rocket.



This is Blue Origin’s first passenger trip to Space, and it starts the company’s Commerical flights.

Blue Origin Jeff Bezos

The New Shepard lifted off under good weather conditions at 9:12 AM ET from the company’s site in Van Horn, Texas.

Jeff Bezos is now the second billionaire to take a passenger trip to space in a matter of weeks.




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