Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Can You Bribe an Entire Government Agency?

That is what Lord Bezos is essentially trying to do:

Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos says his company will cover more than $2 billion in costs if NASA will award it a second Human Landing System (HLS) contract. In a July 26 letter to NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, Bezos said the company would waive up to $2 billion in payments in the first years of a new award, as well as pay for a demonstration mission, should NASA give the company an HLS award like the one SpaceX received in April to develop and demonstrate a crewed lunar lander.

Of course, the contract losers are protesting. Because that's the American Way.

There seems to be a fine line between patriotism and the egotism of billionaires.

There are some real qualms about both companies. Blue Origin has worked mightily hard to basically build a large sounding rocket. SpaceX has a history of just blowing shit up repeatedly until they stop exploding.

But "pick me and I'll bring my bats, my balls, my bases and gloves for the entire team" sounds a bit unsavory.

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