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The house race between the world’s two richest males went into hyperdrive on Tuesday after Tesla chief Elon Musk took a swipe at Jeff Bezos’ try to problem a significant NASA contract.

The 2 billionaires, who’ve been attempting to launch long-range orbital rockets, have been competing for a coveted contract from the federal government to construct a spaceship to ship astronauts to the moon as early as 2024.

Musk received. Bezos was not pleased.

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Bezos’ Blue Origin on Monday filed a protest with the Authorities Accountability Workplace (GAO), accusing the Nationwide Aeronautics and Area Administration (NASA) of shifting the goalposts for contract bidders on the final minute.

Musk, who additionally leads SpaceX, fired again with a tweet that mentioned: “Can’t get it up (to orbit) lol.”

He didn’t elaborate on the tweet however pasted a screenshot of a 2019 report about Bezos unveiling Blue Origin’s moon lander on the identical Twitter thread.

Blue Origin has fallen far behind SpaceX and United Launch Alliance (ULA) on orbital transportation, dropping out on billions of {dollars} price of US nationwide safety launch contracts that start in 2022. ULA is a three way partnership of Boeing and Lockheed Martin Corp.

These rocket startups primarily goal to ship satellites for shoppers into orbit at an reasonably priced value and reuse components of rockets to maintain prices in examine.

Blue Origin protests NASA’s awarding of moon lander contract to SpaceX

Earlier this month, NASA awarded SpaceX the lunar contract over Blue Origin and protection contractor Dynetics. The sought-after mission goals to place people again on the moon for the primary time since 1972.

“NASA has executed a flawed acquisition for the Human Landing System program and moved the goalposts at the last minute,” Blue Origin mentioned in an emailed assertion.

“Their decision eliminates opportunities for competition, significantly narrows the supply base, and not only delays but also endangers America’s return to the moon. Because of that, we’ve filed a protest with the GAO.”

The GAO additionally confirmed that Dynetics had challenged the NASA contract award to SpaceX. Dynetics didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request for remark.

Musk’s SpaceX bid alone whereas Amazon founder Bezos’ Blue Origin partnered with Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corp, and Draper.

The submitting of the 50-page protest by Blue Origin was reported earlier by the New York Occasions.

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