NASA awarded Musk’s SpaceX a $2.9 billion USD lunar landing contract back in April, choosing the company’s Starship as the vehicle that would carry astronauts to the Moon on a mission that could take off as early as 2024.
While it was initially expected that the space organization would offer two lander contracts between the three competing companies, SpaceX was the sole beneficiary, beating out rival Blue Origin in the decision. In August, Bezos filed a complaint against NASA in federal court, challenging what its lawyers called an “unlawful and improper evaluation of proposals.”
At the 2021 Code conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Musk spoke about the situation in an interview with journalist Kara Swisher. “He should put more of his energy into getting into orbit than lawsuits,” Musk said. “You can’t sue your way to the moon, no matter how good your lawyers are.”
“Suborbital is a step in the direction of orbit,” Musk joked. “But it’s still good to do something in space.”