SpaceX launched the world's most powerful rocket in February when its Falcon Heavy sent Elon Musk's car into space – but for NASA it's still not strong enough.
After the successful launch of Falcon Heavy Rocket NASA became increasingly aware of its decision not to save money by being pursued as a commercial option for launches.
The NASA Space Launch System (SLS) is currently being developed to allow the Space Agency to perform space exploration missions – including a manned mission to Mars.
However, according to the online tech publication Ars Technica, their development was slow and very expensive.
This led on Monday to the question of whether it might be better for the agency to use SpaceX commercially available craft instead of spending billions developing the SLS.
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"So there are many people who ask, why do not we just buy four or five or six of them [SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch vehicles] and do What we need to do without building this big, heavy rocket and assembling things like we did with the space station? "
Bill Gerstenmaier, in charge of manned space flight at NASA, answered that the Falcon Heavy was simply too be small.
Referring to the capacity of the rocket to transport something to the moon, Gerstenmaier said the Falcon Heavy was "much smaller than any of the [the SLS craft] ", which NASA developed and would serve to bring" large-volume, monolithic pieces "into space.
He said the SLS has unique abilities that no one else would have been able to compare, even though they might contribute to missions.
"This is not limited to SpaceX, as Mr. Gerstenmaier added," What has been going on about Bezos can play a role What the United Launch Alliance has talked about can play a role. "[
] [FortheroutinelaunchoftheUnited19659003] While potential orders for smaller space flights are on the table, some astrophils have criticized Mr. Gerstenmaier's position.
Nasa's attitude has angered both SpaceX fans and those who have discovered potential waste in the public sector and would prefer to spend some time thinking about whether A Falcon Heavy or similar vehicle could be part of NASA's space program.