It all started whenbefore Musk's big . This is the huge new craft Musk holds for his Magnum work: a city on Mars. But Bridenstine was quite a party pooper with this troll job:
"I'm looking forward to the SpaceX announcement of tomorrow." In the meantime, the crew is years behind schedule, NASA expects that It's time to deliver. "
In commercial occupation, SpaceX and Boeing are developing spaceships to bring astronauts from US soil to the International Space Station.
Musk responded during his Saturdays Starship update on NASA boss' gentle groaning and said, "From a SpaceX point of view, our resources are mostly Falcon and Dragon (Crew Dragon is part of the Commercial Crew NASA) … It was really a small percentage of SpaceX that made Starship. "
But after leaving the scene, Musk turned it on in a CNN interview when he was asked to to answer Bridenstine's tweet again.
"Did he (Bridenstine) say Commercial Crew or SLS? "Musk asked with a cold on his face before he spent his best troll face on the camera and ripped off for nearly 10 seconds.
The joke here is that Musk is referring to NASA's next generation Space Launch System, which is overdue over the budget and years. In fact, it is said that NASA has only reduced its losses, canceled SLS, and signed deals with SpaceX for future SLS launches, such as the planned Artemis mission to return to the Moon.
"Everything in aerospace is years behind, okay?" Musk continued. "Relatively speaking, which one is later … we really drive as fast as we can."
Bridenstine's spokesman sent the following statement when asked for an answer to Musk's comments:
"Administrator Bridenstine endeavors to hold the agency and its commercial partners responsible not only for costs and schedules, but also for the missions Bridenstine further emphasizes that the return of American astronauts on American rockets and spacecraft from American soil should be a top priority for the partners of the NASA trading team. "
Musk had hoped to send the first astronauts in a crew kite to the International Space Station earlier this year, but an oversight on the ground caused a crew kite unit to explode and reset that timeline. Nobody was injured in the explosion.
Musk's sick comeback is fair, as is Bridenstein's initial challenge to musk's priorities. The success of SpaceX as a company in the last 17 years is largely due to the continued support of NASA in the form of several major contracts.
It's fun and, to some degree, even satisfying to see the two biggest names in the rocket game get involved in a real rap fight, but in the end, both delayed spaceships used as rhetorical ammunition went along paid US dollars taxpayers. In other words, in this war of words, it is really the public that loses.
Originally published on September 30th.
Update, October 1, 11:31 am, PT: Adds a comment from the Bridenstine office.