Find out why the best engineers are on the run from Jeff Bezos


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Blue Origin is losing leading employees en masse. Some flee to SpaceX from Elon Musk. This began to happen after Jeff Bezos’ company lost in NASA’s competition for the development of a lunar lander.

During the presidency of Donald Trump, the United States announced the Artemis program, according to which humans should land on the Moon by 2024. Unlike manned flights to the Moon of the 20th century, NASA plans to actively use private contractors. That is, not developing equipment on your own, but requesting commercial services for delivery to space on a competitive basis. There are quite a few offers from private companies, both large ones like SpaceX, as well as small ones and little known to the general public.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon - Sputnik World, 1920, 07.30.2021

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Due to the high competition, some call it a new “moon race” by analogy with the race between the USSR and the United States of the 20th century.

In 2020, NASA selected three candidates to create a lander that will carry people from circumlunar orbit to the lunar surface. The finalists were Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Dynetics and Blue Origin, the latter led by Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and one of the richest people in the world.

As a result, the space agency opted for SpaceX with its project for a lunar version of the Starship rocket. NASA explained this by the fact that Starship is already in testing, as well as the low price, which is especially important in relation to the reduction in funding from the US Congress.

When news of SpaceX’s victory emerged in April 2021, Blue Origin immediately filed a protest with the House of Audit of Congress, calling NASA’s decision illegal, as the agency had chosen only one contractor instead. of the two provided.

Billionaire Jeff Bezos (2nd from left) with his space travel companions - Sputnik World, 1920, 07.28.2021

Billionaires in orbit

Subsequently, Bezos wrote an open letter to the head of NASA in which he offered to cover the costs of the lunar program in the amount of up to 2 billion dollars in exchange for a contract for the development of the lander. The billionaire also complained about uneven conditions of competition, as his company, unlike SpaceX, had not been allowed to review the cost of services or the payment schedule.

In July, the Audit Chamber rejected Blue Origin’s protest, reaffirmed the legality of the space agency’s actions, and on the same day NASA transferred $ 300 million to SpaceX out of the $ 2.9 billion stipulated in the agreement.

As later became clear, the agency was in a hurry for a reason: In mid-August, Blue Origin filed a protest in court and all actions under the contract were again suspended.

Bezos recently traveled into space on his own, on the New Shepard suborbital spacecraft. Upon his return, he paid all employees $ 10,000 as a bonus and also thanked Amazon employees for “paying” for the flight.

As reported by Business Insider, not all employees appreciated this gratitude due to poor working conditions. Some joked that it would be better if he flew to Jupiter right away and never came back.

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Now the US television channel CNBC has found that the Blue Origin problem runs much deeper than losing competition and employee skepticism about other Bezos projects.

According to the channel, at least 17 key executives and senior engineers left Blue Origin this summer. Some left after the billionaire’s suborbital flight.

Among them are New Shepard Program Vice President Steve Bennett; the chief of mission support, Jeff Ashby; the head of sales for military contractors, Scott Jacobs; the head of the New Glenn advanced missile development program, as well as many senior engineers and managers. Additionally, engineers Nitin Arora and Lauren Lyons are known to have joined SpaceX and Firefly Aerospace, respectively.

Inside the company, two sources told CNBC, the cash award was seen as an attempt by management to encourage talented people to stay, in response to a large number of resignations.

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None of the interviewees gave specific reasons for the resignations, but on job search site Glassdoor, employees often talk about their discontent with bosses and a slow, bureaucratic management system. Additionally, according to Glassdoor, Blue Origin has a very low leadership satisfaction rating compared to other aerospace companies.

Only 15% of employees approve of Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith, compared to 91% by Elon Musk and 77% by Tory Bruno, director of the United Launch Alliance, another major corporation that makes Atlas and SLS missiles.

The planned moon landing in 2024 may be thwarted not only by legal disputes. It had previously transpired that NASA would not have enough time to make the spacesuits for the walks on the Moon due to lack of money and the pandemic. In response, Elon Musk offered his help.

Article: Soure