Blue Origin, Lockheed & Boeing teams for NASA moon lander pitch

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Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin is partnering with Boeing 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.

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.”