NASA has resumed work on the lunar lander that will return humans to the moon after the project was delayed by a legal battle with Blue Origin.
The space agency is set to roll out the first prelaunch tests for the Artemis moon mission soon, although the exact date is yet to be decided, NASA announced on Tuesday.
Work on the Human Landing System (HLS) for the moon missions resumed last week after it was paused for several months due to a legal battle with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin.
After bidding for the project, Blue Origin sued NASA in August after the space agency granted the $2.9 billion HLS contract to Elon Musk’s SpaceX alone.
NASA had initially said that it would award two contractors for the lunar lander, but retracted due to budget issues. The U.S. Court of Federal Claims upheld NASA’s decision and denied Blue Origin’s claim earlier this month.
The agency has gone back to work, but NASA chief Bill Nelson said last week that the mission would not launch until 2025 due to development and cost issues. Nelson had attributed the lawsuit to the delay of the mission which was initially expected for 2024.
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