Blue origin is frustrated again! Chief engineer of lunar landing project changes to SpaceX


Tencent technology news on August 17, US local time on Monday, Nitin Arora, the Indian chief engineer in charge of the “moon landing project” of blue origin, a space company of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has changed jobs and joined the rival, Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
On August 16, Arola announced on LinkedIn that he had parted ways with blue origin and was looking forward to joining SpaceX. The latter recently won a $2.9 billion contract from NASA to send American astronauts to the moon.
Arola’s departure could be a major setback for blue origin because he is working on the company’s landmark project to develop a lunar lander designed to deliver different payloads to the lunar surface.
Arola wrote on LinkedIn: “Friday (August 13) is my last day at blue origin. Working in the lunar project team is a hell of a journey. In the past three years, I have been honored to have the opportunity to work with a group of very smart and passionate people. Special thanks to everyone who works with me every day. I will miss all of you. ”
Arola finally added: “next stop, SpaceX! I am very excited and looking forward to it! ” From Arola’s post, it is not clear whether he will work on the Starship project. He also did not respond to comment.
With the expansion of private enterprises in the aerospace field, blue origin and SpaceX have joined an increasingly competitive battle. On August 16, blue origin, founded and led by Bezos, filed a lawsuit against NASA on the grounds that the agency awarded a huge lunar lander contract only to its competitor SpaceX.
Blue origin said that the company had filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Federal Claims Court to remedy the “defects” found in the process of contract award. “We firmly believe that the problems found in this procurement and its results must be solved in order to restore fairness, create competition and ensure the safe return of the United States to the moon,” the company said in a statement´╝ł Tencent Technology (reviser / Jinlu)