Spacex Trying To Win The Bid Over For Their Odessey To The Moon

There has been a tough race between the companies who manufacture and launch advanced rockets and spacecraft for many years to get the contract to build the landing system, carrying astronauts to the moon surface safely by 2024. And this new turf is creating as much buzz because new players are in the foray this time over.

Why Race?

Reporting suggests that the newly set-up space agency, SpaceX, is awarded a contract from NASA. Though the space agency has received about only $850 m of the $3.3bn from Congress to build the Moon travel spacecraft, it cannot award the contract to two companies. Blue-chip got rejected by Nasa due to the difference in rating in management.  Despite having almost the same technical rating as SpaceX, SpaceX said the sources of the Nasa selection committee.

However, Bluechip has not accepted defeat and taken up the challenge by offering to help fund the project. The government is hopeful of getting into the heart of things once again in the future also the program back in its favor. It has offered a long-term plan to help bridge the HLS (Human Landing System) with the financial support of about $2bn, which will be continued as a permanent waive-off.

The Bidding War..

The winner in the bidding was the project with the lowest-priced, SpaceX, compared to Bluechip. According to Nasa, as per sources, the decision taken was based on the limit in the budget allocated and the proven record of orbital missions by SpaceX firm. The Starship Vehicle, which is cylindrical in shape, is designed by SpaceX and will carry the astronauts in Nasa’s first mission to the Moon’s land since Apollo 17 in 1972.

The resources also told that Alabama-based company Dynetics, known for developing low-cost–reusable unmanned air systems primarily for the US defense department, was also competing for this contract. Along with some Aerospace giants, the owner of Bluechip has planned for the human Landing Programme.

What’s At Stake?

Sources have reported that Spacex has used an adapted version of its starship vehicle. The Bluechip’s design is named Blue Moon Lander. It resembles a beefed version of the lunar module (LM) in which Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin traveled to the Moon in 1969. Bluechip also claims its proven heritage in the field of spacecraft architecture by stating that its design has many benefits like safety, use of hydrogen as fuel obtained from splitting available water prevalent on the Moon. This reduces the cost of refueling spacecraft. Starship won the bid in the race as it had employed a radical approach to landing and included methane-fuelled engines in the spacecraft design.

Blue-chip has successfully sent individuals and teams of people from various countries on the Moon. Recently, with one of its spacecraft New Shepard, they have filed a protest with the US Government Accountability Office pleading to cancel the last-minute decision to reject their contract. The Dynetics company has also joined this protest despite some people in the space community thinking the decision cannot get reversed.

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