NASA Administrator Condemns Elon Musk in Joint Press Conference Calling for "Realistic Cost and Timing" for the SpaceX Project to Develop Reusable Crew Dragon Spaceships
- NASA CEO Jim Bridenstine and Elon Musk have addressed the recent tensions
- Bridenstine Criticizes Tweets Should Retard SpaceX Schedules
- Earlier tweets criticized the company for failing to meet schedules.
- SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule could launch into space in early 2020.
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine doubled criticism of SpaceX boss Elon Musk Thursday in a personal press conference.
During the conference, Bridenstine again criticized Tweets for not having complied with SpaceX's development schedule for its Crew Dragon spacecraft and stated that they were a warning to all space agency contractors to set realistic development plans.
] "I've been focusing on becoming realistic again when it comes to costs and schedules," the NASA administrator said.
"So – and I did not just do it to SpaceX, but to all our contractors – I signaled that we need more realism built into the development timeline."
Jim Bridenstine (left) addressed criticism of Elon Musk (right) for SpaceX's delayed crew ship Crew Dragon.
The tensions between the two parties were fueled after Musk staged a major event to demonstrate a prototype unrelated rocket he called the spaceship last month.
Bridenstine apparently felt that the fanfare overshadowed the progress or lack of progress on SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule, which was developed for NASA and was already years behind schedule.
In a statement released on Twitter, Bridenstine highlighted SpaceX and said: Agency expects to see the same level of enthusiasm focused on the investment of the American people. It is time to deliver. "
Bridenstine added that NASA has programs that have been in development for years.
Musk responded while his spaceship revealed that the SpaceX resources are mostly focused on the Dragon Crew capsule and the Falcon rocket they will launch.
SpaceX is developing a capsule as part of NASA's commercial occupation program to bring astronauts to the International Space Station so that the US does not need Russian missiles and spacecraft.
During the press conference on Thursday, Musk announced that SpaceX is within 1 percent of the budget of the commercial crew program.
SpaceX staff are working on the spacecraft Crew Dragon, which is part of the spacecraft Agency's commercial crew program promoted from US soil to and from the International Space Station (AP Photo / Alex Gallardo)
NASA's demand for commercial occupation for several years has been significantly reduced by Congress, in some cases 50% Percent, "Musk said.
"It's pretty hard to stick to the schedule if you have half the money, but we did not spend more money, it just took longer."
Despite the tensions, Moschus and Birdenstine agreed that Crew Dragon may be ready to launch its first human passengers into space by the first quarter of 2020.
However, before it is released for launch, it must pass critical security tests, including its ability to stop an emergency.
Tests The aircraft's security systems were notoriously disturbed earlier this year, and the capsule went up in flames.
WHAT IS SPACEX & # 39; CREW DRAGON CAPSULE?
The Crew Dragon has an advanced emergency escape system (tested earlier this year) that can quickly rescue astronauts in case anything goes wrong as they have about the same G-forces as one Enjoy a ride in Disneyland.
Es also has an Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) that provides crew members with a comfortable and safe environment.
Crew Dragon's displays display real-time information about the status of the spacecraft's capabilities, from the position of the kite in space, to possible targets, to the on-board environment.
These CRS-2 Dragon Missions use "drifting" landings, where the capsule lands on a landing pad with its SuperDraco engines instead of splashing in the ocean.
This allows NASA faster access to the cargo returned from these spaceships and also provides experience for the powered landing of manned kite spaceships.