Kasturi trolls Bezos as a space race between the richest people in the world

The space race between the world’s two richest people went into hyper-drive on Tuesday after Tesla chief Elon Musk took a swipe at Jeff Bezos’ attempt to challenge a major NASA deal.

The two billionaires who tried to pay for long-range orbiting rockets competed for a contract from the government to build a spacecraft to deliver astronauts to the moon in 2024.

Kasturi won. Bezos was not happy.

Bezos’ Blue Origin filed a protest with the government accountability office on Monday, accusing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of moving goal posts for contract bidders at the last minute.

Musk, who leads SpaceX, retreated with a tweet: “It can’t wake up (in orbit).”

He did not elaborate on the tweet, but pasted a screenshot of the 2019 report on Bezos’ release of Blue Origin’s moon lander in the same Twitter thread.

The Blue Origin has fallen far behind SpaceX and the United Launch Alliance (ULA) in orbit traffic, having lost billions of dollars worth of U.S. national security release contracts starting in 2022. ULA is a joint venture between Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp.

These rocket launches are primarily aimed at launching satellites into orbit for customers at affordable prices and reusing parts of rockets to control costs.

When NASA awarded the SpaceX lunar contract earlier this month, another blow to the Blue Origin. The project aims to put humans back on the moon for the first time since 1972.

“NASA made a flawed acquisition and last-minute move of goal posts for the Human Landing System project,” Blue Origin said in an email statement.

“Their decision eliminates the chances of competition, significantly reduces the distribution base, and not only delays, but also jeopardizes the return of the United States to the moon. Because of this, we have filed a protest with the GAO.”

Muskin’s SpaceX bid alone when Amazon.com founder Bezos teamed up with Blue Origin Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrobe Groman Corp and Dropper.

The New York Times previously reported that Blue Origin had filed a 50-page demonstration.

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Sophia Harrison

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I'm Sophia Harrison working as a part-time staff at the Costco since the past year until I become as an author at the iron blade, hope I can use my experiences with the supermarkets here.

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