Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin has filed a lawsuit against NASA over a contract with Elon Musk's SpaceX. The reason for that is that back in April, NASA made a decision to give the contract to send astronauts to the Moon in 2024 to SpaceX.
In a lawsuit, Blue Origin notes that NASA had to have two suppliers to develop a lander that would take astronauts to the lunar surface in 2024, while NASA reported that its current budget is not enough to choose two companies.
Initially, NASA reserved the opportunity to allocate funds for the parallel development of a lunar landing system in several companies at once. However, after considering the proposed options, NASA settled on a proposal from SpaceX. At the same time, NASA said that now the agency's budget is too tight to choose two companies since Congress has cut the project's funding from $3.2 billion to $850 million.
NASA said that they chose SpaceX for the development of the lunar lander because of its many successful orbital missions, as well as the fact that Elon Musk's proposal turned out to be the cheapest.
Two weeks after SpaceX won the selection, Blue Origin filed a 50-page complaint (according to some sources, 175 pages). Even then, the company accused NASA of incorrect evaluation of some of the details of its proposal.
Eventually, NASA has decided to suspend SpaceX's contract until November 1. Hearings will begin on October 14.