Bezos' space company teams with Lockheed, Boeing for NASA moon lander pitch

Key Points
  • Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos' space company, is working with Boeing and Lockheed Martin to submit a proposal for NASA to fund their moon landing.
  • The bid is Blue Origin's second attempt to win moon-landing money from NASA, which awarded the funding to Elon Musk's SpaceX last year.
  • NASA plans to announce the award winner in June 2023.

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Blue Origin’s New Shepard crew (L-R) Oliver Daemen (hidden), Mark Bezos, Jeff Bezos, and Wally Funk arrive for a press conference after flying into space in the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket on July 20, 2021 in Van Horn, Texas.
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Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin is partnering with Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. to pitch a lunar lander to NASA as the agency seeks to send humans to the moon again, the companies announced on Tuesday.

The joint moon lander proposal, led by Blue Origin, marks the companies' second attempt to win a coveted moon lander contract as NASA seeks more options for getting astronauts to the lunar surface under its multibillion dollar Artemis program.

Last year, NASA picked Elon Musk's SpaceX to conduct the first few Artemis moon landing missions within the next decade, rejecting a rival bid from a similar Blue Origin-led team primarily over funding constraints. NASA later opened another competition seeking a second moon lander to serve as a backup to SpaceX's.

Blue Origin revealed its team's submission to that second NASA program in a brief statement posted on its website on Tuesday, saying "in partnership with NASA, this team will achieve sustained presence on the Moon."

The deadline for proposals was Tuesday. NASA is expected to make an award decision in June 2023.

Blue Origin's team also includes spacecraft software firm Draper, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Astrobotic and Honeybee Robotics, a manufacturer of military and civil robotic systems that was acquired by Blue Origin in January.