NASA Blames Jeff Bezos for Delayed Moon Landing; Blue Origin puts the United States at the rear of the space race?
NASA accuses the Blue Origin lawsuit of Jeff Bezos’ private space company of postponing the much-anticipated trip to the moon until 2025.
According to the Washington Times, Bezos was unable to win the NASA contract on merit because he overcharged his competitors by millions of dollars.
As a result, Bezos’ Blue Origin lawsuit over Elon Musk’s lucrative human lunar lander contract won by SpaceX earlier this year has just been dismissed by the United States Federal Claims Court.
Today, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced at a press conference that the US space agency should postpone the landing for a year.
He said Bezos’ trial caused the lack of development time. The Artemis mission has been pushed forward by circumstances like the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is unlikely to be launched before 2025.
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NASA resets expectations after Jeff Bezos trial
Keep in mind that Nelson has not declared that NASA will reach the Moon in 2025, The Motley Fool said. He has just declared that due to Blue Origin, landing on the Moon in 2024 will be impossible. According to current plans, NASA hopes to make an unmanned Artemis 1 trip around the Moon early next year, followed by a crewed Artemis 2 mission “no later than May 2024”.
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The Space Launch System rocket, manufactured by Boeing (NYSE: BA) and powered by Northrop and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), will be used for both missions, with Lockheed Martin also developing the Orion space capsule that will carry the Artemis crew. 2..
An unmanned test of SpaceX’s HLS will follow, likely atop SpaceX’s Starship mega-rocket. Only then will Artemis 3 be launched, with both the space launch system (which would carry men into lunar orbit) and SpaceX (moving an HLS into lunar orbit to receive astronauts and transport them. to the Moon and back).
China Might Succeed US In Space Race Due To Blue Origin
During the same press conference, Nelson predicted that the Chinese space program would land on the moon’s surface much earlier than expected. It should be noted that experts believe the United States is at a disadvantage because of Bezos’ case. They also expect China’s lunar program to reach the moon within the next three to four years.
Republic World said China intends to launch a fleet of solar panels into space as a power source by 2035 to bring them back to Earth. By 2050, the power generation system is expected to have the same power as a nuclear power plant. In addition, China is said to be preparing to build and operate a massive space station, mine asteroids and produce gas stations to take control of the US space agency.
During the press conference, Nelson highlighted the multiple causes that temporarily disrupted the Moon mission and expressed concern over China’s aggressive efforts to reach unprecedented heights in space. China could likely arrive on the moon before the return of American astronauts, he said. In response to China’s “aggressive” space program, he stressed that they had achieved a lot in previous years.
Nelson went on to say that the US government wanted to be the first to send astronauts back to the moon after more than half a century, referring to claims by China to land on the south pole of the moon. According to CNN, he said that NASA will be as aggressive as it can be in a safe and technically viable way to beat our competitors who have set foot on the moon.
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