Manned SpaceX mission will take place in the first quarter of 2020: NASA chief

The HAWTHORNE, Calif. (Reuters) – NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said on Thursday that its first manned space mission to orbit for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon would have to take place in the first quarter of next year, pending the satisfactory outcome of the tests.

FILE PHOTO: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine speaks to the media during a visit to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility, where engineers are preparing to add the last part to the core stage of the rocket that will power NASA’s Artemis 1-moon-mission-in New Orleans, Louisiana, united states of america, August 15, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

On a visit to, the SpaceX, headquarters, Bridenstine praised Elon Musk’s SpaceX to fail fast, then fix it” approach to spacecraft design for a personal briefing on the company’s long-delayed Crew, the Dragon capsule – a reflection of the unity in the midst of a rare public feud between two of the most important room in the numbers.

However, he also pointed to NASA’s concern for the astronauts ‘ safety. “We’re not going to take any unnecessary risks,” he said.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is in the pay of the commercial roll-out contractors, SpaceX, and Boeing Co. (BA.(N) $6.8 billion to build a rocket and capsule systems for returning astronauts to the International Space Station from AMERICAN soil for the first time since America’s space shuttle program ended in 2011.

Bridenstine’s visit to SpaceX headquarters in the Los Angeles suburb of Hawthorne, is if SpaceX is working on overcoming the major technical challenges for the Crew of the Dragon. SpaceX has, to date, has never flown people in orbit, just the right word.

Musk, and Bridenstine said they had to work together, by way of SpaceX’s technical issues, including concerns about the re-entry parachutes.

“It’s a very difficult engineering task to get the parachutes the right,” Musk said, adding that eventually Crew to the Dragon’s parachutes will be better than the ones used in the Apollo era.

The test will be complete and the hardware is at the Cape Canaveral by the end of December,” he added.

While they have released few concrete details of their joint investigation of a launch pad explosion in April, Musk said the incident was inevitable in the case of complex processes, and rigorous testing.

The visit follows a rare public row over the last two weeks of the Musk and the NASA chief, who bristles at the Mandarin on Twitter and to celebrate another milestone in SpaceX’s deep-space-Spaceship and rocket, while the completion of the Crewed Dragon and the project continued to be delayed.

Musky, quickly shot back in a series of interviews, at one point quoting a rival to NASA’s moon rocket called the Space Launch System, which is years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget. He also told CNN, “most of the work to the entire Crew of the Dragon was in relation to “a long list of safety and security assessments” by the us.

Both the Boeing and SpaceX capsules have been plagued by delays, and the test of the accidents that occur in either the company, the achievement of the goals for the manned space missions by 2019.


SpaceX successfully launched an unmanned Crew, the Dragon in the March to the International Space Station, a $100 billion orbital research laboratory that flies about 250 miles (400 km) above Earth.

Bridenstine told reporters on Thursday that a high-altitude abort test of a system that is designed to propel the Crew to the Dragon astronauts to safety in the event of an emergency, the way to get a job, it would be done in “short order,” even though he did not belong to a certain period of time.

NASA and SpaceX have a strained relationship at times in the past few years. SpaceX’s rise to a leading launch services for the satellites of the last decade, fueled by a NASA contract and by the agency’s innovative strategy is to buy the services from private companies, rather than ownership of the technology itself.

FILE PHOTO: a SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks during an interview with the legendary game designer, Todd Howard (not pictured) at the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, California, USA, 13 June, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The chief executive of Boeing’s arch-rival Starliner programs, John Mulholland, has told a conference on Wednesday, a key test of a broken system that drives the astronauts to safety during an emergency, it was planned for the month of November. 4, while the unmanned orbital test flight is set for Dec. 17.

Among the first Starliner manned space mission is to be a certain sliding, in the year 2020.

With no means of flying astronauts into orbit from U.S. soil, NASA has been paying Russia about $80 million for each ticket for a ride to the international space station.

Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Writing and additional reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Additional reporting by Joey Roulette in Washington; Editing by Paul Tait and Rosalba O’brien

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