Thursday, 23 Sep 2021

Jeff Bezos offers Nasa $2billion in exchange for moon contract for Blue Origin to land astronauts in space

JEFF Bezos has offered Nasa $2 billion in exchange for a contract to allow astronauts to land on the moon.

The Amazon founder made his offer to administrator Bill Nelson in an open letter on Monday, a week after his own historic rocket launch.

Billionaire Bezos wrote: "Blue Origin is committed to building a future where millions of people live and work in space to benefit the Earth.

"We are convinced that, to advance America's future in space, NASA must now quickly and assuredly return to the Moon. This is why Blue Origin answered NASA's urgent call to develop a Human Landing System.

"I believe this mission is important. I am honored to offer these contributions and am grateful to be in a financial position to be able to do so.

"This offer is not a deferral, but is an outright and permanent waiver of those payments."


In April this year Nasa chose Elon Musk's SpaceX to build the lunar lander that will eventually put the first woman and person of color on the moon.

Musk’s Starship beat out landers proposed by Bezos’ Blue Origin and Dynetics, a subsidiary of Leidos. The contract is worth $2.89 billion.

Bezos added: "Instead of this single source approach, NASA should embrace its original strategy of competition.

"Without competition, a short time into the contract, NASA will find itself with limited options as it attempts to negotiate missed deadlines, design changes, and cost overruns."


Bezos last week blasted himself into space on Blue Origin's maiden flight.

He made history as he blasted himself into space but one of the crew members onboard gave the flight just two stars.

Wally Funk, 82, who became the oldest person to fly in space, claimed the capsule didn't go high enough.

Wally traveled on the flight alongside Bezos, 57, his younger brother Mark, 53, and teenager Oliver Daemen in what the Amazon CEO described as the “best day ever.”  

But Bezos may not get his astronaut wings after his historic space mission – even though Virgin Galactic mogul Sir Richard Branson received his.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) amended its Commercial Astronaut Wings Program on July 20 – the same day as Bezos' mission.

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