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Blue Origin in the Hunt for NASA Lunar Landing Contract

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
December 7, 2022
Artist concept of the Blue Origin National Team crewed lander on the surface of the Moon. (Credits: Blue Origin)

Blue Origin has formed a team of aerospace heavyweights to bid for a new NASA contract to land astronauts on the moon.

“The National Team of Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin, Draper, Boeing, Astrobotic, and Honeybee Robotics is competing for a NASA Sustaining Lunar Development contract to develop a human landing system for the Artemis program. In partnership with NASA, this team will achieve sustained presence on the Moon,” the company said on its website.

NASA awarded a $2.9 billion contract to SpaceX last year for the initial crewed landings at the lunar south pole. Elon Musk’s company will use a variation of its Starship vehicle. Blue Origin’s National Team and Dynetics were unsuccessful bidders for that contract.

NASA, which wants redundancy in its Artemis lunar program, opened up bidding for a new round of landings. Proposals were due to NASA on Tuesday. The space agency is expected to make a decision next June.

5 responses to “Blue Origin in the Hunt for NASA Lunar Landing Contract”

  1. Cameron says:

    Will be interesting to see what was bid. The bar has been set extremely high.

  2. therealdmt says:

    Senator Cantwell will be pleased.

    Meanwhile, I wonder who else bid (if there was anyone left — Blue Origin sucked up the two potentially biggest competitors)

  3. Robert G. Oler says:

    in case spaceX runs aground…we need an alternate

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