Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin raised NASA lunar lander offer to $3 billion


Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos provides the keynote address at the Air Force Association’s Annual Air, Space & Cyber Conference in Oxen Hill, MD, on September 19, 2018.

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin this fall raised its offer to cover NASA costs of an astronaut lunar lander by more than $1 billion, as the company battled in federal court over the agency’s award of a contract to Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

The space billionaires’ lunar lander saga — with NASA caught in the middle — began in April, when SpaceX became the sole winner of a $2.9 billion contract to use Musk’s Starship rocket for the agency’s Human Landing System (HLS) program. The decision…


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