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SpaceX wins $2.9B NASA contract for lunar lander

SpaceX wins $2.9B NASA contract for lunar lander

SpaceX has secured a $2.89B NASA contract to build a spacecraft that will land astronauts on the moon. SpaceX proposed using its Starship spacecraft, currently under development, as the landing vehicle for astronauts once they arrive at their lunar destination. The announcement came as a blow to Blue Origin, the rocket company founded by Jeff Bezos.

atlas shrugged
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coughdrop1989
coughdrop1989 3 weeks

How many satelittes has bezos put into orbit? How many sports cars, turned rockets, that were shot into space with the radio set and tuned to old American classics? Tell me again why its a major blow to bezos and why I should care about him?

Seekster
Seekster 3 weeks

Wow I thought for sure they would give it to the Blue Origin led team. Hats off to Elon Musk. Now Starship absolutely has to work in order for Artemis to he successful.

O'Brien
O'Brien 3 weeks

Pound rocks Bezos. Earth ones.

Saritha
Saritha 3 weeks

Big reason they won out was because they're the only ones with a "working" prototype and SpaceX had plans to land on the Moon with or without the contract, it's just extra money at this point. Hope to see something come out of Dynetics though, they have a cool lander.

John W
John W 3 weeks

Well NASA just pushs paper. Waiting to retire way over paid fir sitting on hands . About 56 percent of NASA's workforce is 50 years old and over, an increase of about 7 percentage points over the past 5 years. http://nasawatch.com/archives/2018/05/nasas-workforce.html 21 percent of the workforce is retirement eligible, about another 23 percent will become eligible in less than 5 years, and the average number of years staff that stay past initial retirement eligibility varied by occupation. On average, individuals remain at NASA between 4-7 years past their initial retirement eligibility date, but staff in the engineering and science occupations stay on longer than other occupations, such as professional and administrative.

Dave
Dave 3 weeks

Well its about time.

Nickel
Nickel 3 weeks

How could blue origin win anything they don't even do anything how many Rockets have the setup for shed lights have they launched what do they even do

godhillie
godhillie 3 weeks

Believe it when I see it.

Andrew Kenney
Andrew Kenney 3 weeks

I've been waiting for NASA to return to the moon since I was a kid. I hope I see it before I pass.

Atlas Sharted
Atlas Sharted 3 weeks

The outsourcing of our space program is the makings of a Space Industrial Complex. The government funded space race in the last century drove so much public good. Now that intellectual property is falling unceasingly into the hands of one person - Elon Musk. We are basically setting up a space industry with a small number of players - essentially a cartel like we have in the military industrial base. The DoD has not struck a balance in its procurement process to create a broad supply chain. Why is that important? - Risk mitigation and competitive pricing. Looks like we are going to repeat that with outsourcing our space program too.

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