Elon Musk and SpaceX sued NASA
It seems a small brewing scandal. Elon Musk and SpaceX company filed for NASA space agency to court - yes, on his direct employer and partner, as per the contract with NASA mask company delivers supplies to the ISS with the help of his rocket Falcon 9. The problem is that SpaceX I lost the tender and now demands an explanation. First of all, Musk wondered why the rocket competitor was selected for a scientific mission to the Trojan satellites of Jupiter, if SpaceX rocket stands at 30% cheaper.
Why SpaceX suing NASA's
You see, the fact is that the US support for private space activities performed directly by NASA - the agency gives grants and contracts to large companies, supporting their development and partly financing. If NASA does not support in the difficult years of SpaceX, a company may not have to.
January 31 NASA announced that the tender for the launch of the device Lucy asteroids of Jupiter in October 2021, will get the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, the company competes with mask.
Launch and mission costs are estimated at 148, 3 million dollars. ULA implement start using the Atlas V-401 rocket. Who else was involved in the competition for the tender, it is not known, but there just was SpaceX. And do not fail to swear to hear the sad news. The tender results SpaceX has protested to the US Chamber of Accounts. The decision on the issue should be taken no later than May 22. But clocks earned now: SpaceX after complaints NASA halted work on the contract with the ULA. Musk is not the first time loudly affirms the necessity of fair competition. Even at the dawn of SpaceX almost all gospodryady tenders and almost no competition, thanks to the strong support and lobbyists went against United Launch Alliance. But the high-profile trials and lawsuits have done their job: SpaceX has earned a name for himself on the partnership with NASA.
"Ever since the beginning of the SpaceX launch for NASA's mission, this is the first of our challenging agency decisions - said the corporation. - SpaceX has offered a variant with extremely high confidence in the success of the mission at a price significantly lower than the said amount. Therefore, we believe that the decision to pay a lot more Boeing and Lockheed for the same mission does not serve the interests of agencies and the American taxpayer. "
And that's what they say in the ULA:
"ULA has participated in the competition for NASA Lucy apparatus and has been awarded this important scientific mission - said there. - This interplanetary mission has an extremely narrow window starting to get to all of the selected celestial bodies and fulfill all the scientific tasks. If Lucy miss this window, it will not take place for decades. "
The cost of launch of the Falcon 9 with the return of the first stage is 62 million dollars. The most expensive starting cost of 97 million. Selecting SpaceX, NASA could save only about 30% of start-up cost. Why preference is given to ULA? Share something in our chat in the telegram.