Jeff Bezos offers Nasa $2bn in exchange for moon mission contract

Jeff Bezos has offered NASA $2 billion in exchange for a moon contract.

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Jeff Bezos has offered NASA $2 billion in exchange for a moon contract.

The contract was made with Blue Origin company that takes people to the moon. Nasa in April awarded SpaceX, owned by rival billionaire Elon Musk, a $2.9bn contract to build a spacecraft to bring astronauts to the lunar surface as early as 2024, rejecting bids from Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics. Blue Origin had partnered with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Draper in the bid.

In a letter to Nasa administrator Bill Nelson, Bezos said Blue Origin would waive payments in the government’s current fiscal year and the next ones after that up to $2bn, and pay for an orbital mission to vet its technology. In exchange, Blue Origin would accept a firm, fixed-priced contract, and cover any system development cost overruns, Bezos said.

The NASA spokesperson has not commented any further on the letter. The GAO’s decision is expected by early August, though industry sources said Blue Origin views the possibility of a reversal is unlikely. Bezos has become the world’s richest man of the world. He has initiated any space visits which have been successful in the past.