It has been officially announced that NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine is planning on visiting SpaceX headquarters on October 10, 2019. This news has come up amid the increasing tension between the government officials and Elon Musk’s organization over its development on a project that has made it vital for the agency to consider the return of the US astronauts to the Moon by 2024. Jim Bridenstine has made it clear that he will be touring SpaceX headquarters in California to look for the chances of progression of the company in making it possible for the astronauts to fly back and forth to the International Space Station from the American soil itself along with the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.
In 2014, SpaceX and Boeing have received government contracts to make spacecraft that have the ability to carry the US astronauts to the International Space Station as part of the Commercial Crew Program. The SpaceX had set a target of getting the target completed by 2017, but the firm has yet to give a final outline of the Crew Dragon vehicle that will be actively used in the near future. The meeting had been announced by Bridenstine just days after he expressed his frustration over SpaceX’s low contributions to the Commercial Crew program and the time when Musk was about to publicize about the Starship project, which is a new project designed to reach Mars. NASA is in agreement with the Trump administration that is also working toward sending the US astronauts to the Moon by 2024. The space agency has already provided a $4.6-billion contract to Lockheed Martin to construct at least 6 Orion space shuttles for future missions.
Similarly, NASA again got a green card for its Mars 2020 rover mission as its separation test of the descent stage was successful and it could make the delivery of six-wheeled robot to the surface of the Red Planet a victory. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) used a crane to lift the large rocket-powered descent stage away from the vehicle.
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