- Blue Origin’s lawsuit against the US government and SpaceX has been delayed due to PDF issues.
- Lawyers for the Department of Justice said the administrative record included more than 7 GB of documents.
- Downloading jackpots “provides an additional opportunity for the system to crash,” Justice Department attorneys said.
The road to the moon was temporarily blocked by a stack of troublesome PTOs.
A federal judge on Friday granted a one-week extension in Blue Origin’s lawsuit against SpaceX and the US government.
This happened, in part, because the PDF files and other related documents were too large to be processed by the court system.
More than 7 GB of data was part of the administrative record of the case, the government said on Friday in a filing with the United States Federal Claims Court. He said he should transfer the documents to DVDs instead of uploading them to the court filing system.
“There is a good cause to grant this request,” wrote the attorneys for the Department of Justice. “The administrative record in this case is extraordinarily large, consisting of hundreds of individual documents and over seven gigabytes of data.”
Blue Origin and SpaceX both agreed to the extension, according to the government filing.
In its request for more time, the government said it was having difficulty with the data and documents for several reasons. Part of the difficulty was that the US Federal Claims Court, like other courts, limited the size of files that could be uploaded to its online system to 50MB.
But it wasn’t just the size of the data that would be a problem, the government said.
In their request, attorneys for the Department of Justice said the documents included hundreds of PDF files, as well as many other types of files that would be difficult to convert to PDF. But even if they were able to convert them all to PDF, then they would have to upload “several hundred” separate documents to the court system.
Another solution was to combine the individual documents into 50MB batches of PDF files using Adobe Acrobat software, the DOJ said. This would reduce the number of downloads, but each of those larger downloads “brings an additional opportunity for the system to crash,” DOJ lawyers said.
“So although Acrobat allows the user to split a PDF into smaller files of a specified size, it cannot combine several hundred files at a time without crashing,” the DOJ said. “We have tried several different ways to create 50 megabyte files for more efficient filing, all without success so far.”
Insider has contacted Adobe for comment.
By requesting an extension of the case, DOJ lawyers also sought to extend the hiatus on NASA’s lunar lander contract with SpaceX. Work on the $ 2.9 billion contract was suspended in April, then restarted, then suspended again.
The original schedule, filed on August 19, marked November 1 as the end of the current hiatus. Friday’s revised schedule omitted the date altogether, although DOJ lawyers included a planned November 8 reboot in their proposed new schedule.