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Tech & Science NASA chief throws shade at SpaceX ahead of Elon Musk's Starship update

07:05  28 september  2019
07:05  28 september  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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SpaceX ' s shiny Starship prototypes designed to make it to Mars are all the rage right now. They're taking giant leaps and Musk is already looking ahead to sending the under-development next-generation spaceships into orbit. It seems Bridenstine would rather SpaceX got more hyped about its

The SpaceX Starship is a fully reusable second stage and space vehicle under development as part of SpaceX ' s BFR launch vehicle. In January 2019, Elon Musk announced that the Starship would no longer be constructed out of carbon fiber, and that stainless steel would be used instead to build the

a close up of a tower: SpaceX is building two orbital Starship prototypes, one in Texas and one in Florida. Elon Musk © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. SpaceX is building two orbital Starship prototypes, one in Texas and one in Florida. Elon Musk

NASA  Administrator Jim Bridenstine is looking forward to SpaceX and Elon Musk's big Starship update on Saturday. Sort of.

Bridenstine dropped an unexpected statement on Twitter on Friday, writing, "I am looking forward to the SpaceX announcement tomorrow. In the meantime, Commercial Crew is years behind schedule. NASA expects to see the same level of enthusiasm focused on the investments of the American taxpayer. It's time to deliver."

SpaceX's shiny Starship prototypes designed to make it to Mars are all the rage right now. They're taking giant leaps and Musk is already looking ahead to sending the under-development next-generation spaceships into orbit.

Musk promises Starship update after NASA interest

Musk promises Starship update after NASA interest Elon Musk has promised an update on the development of SpaceX's new spacecraft Starship in the next few weeks. His comments follow the completion of a NASA assessment which could see the vehicle take astronauts back to the moon and potentially to Mars. Commenting on Twitter, the SpaceX founder said the update would take place on 24 August from Boca Chica, where the company has been testing a prototype of Starship.

(Image: © SpaceX / NASA /edited by @SteveSpaleta). The head of Russia' s most prominent spaceflight company questioned whether Elon Musk ' s SpaceX will Musk has said the circumlunar flight will be launched in 2018 using a larger Falcon Heavy booster that is composed of three Falcon 9 first stages.

Elon Musk has opened up about a big design change to SpaceX ' s interplanetary spaceship. The billionaire entrepreneur announced earlier this month that Starship — the vehicle SpaceX is developing to take people to and from Mars and other distant destinations — will be made of stainless steel rather

It seems Bridenstine would rather SpaceX got more hyped about its role in NASA's Commercial Crew program. Commercial Crew involves SpaceX and Boeing developing spacecraft that can ferry astronauts from US soil to the International Space Station. 

NASA has been hitching rides on Russian vessels and is eager to bring launches back to its own country.

Both SpaceX and Boeing's Commercial Crew contributions have been delayed multiple times. SpaceX successfully launched an uncrewed Crew Dragon test mission to the ISS in March, but a Crew Dragon capsule later exploded during a ground test in April.

NASA's last update on Commercial Crew launches was a vague message that future flight test dates were "under review."

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By Eric Ralph. Posted on May 29, 2019. It appears that SpaceX is preparing a dedicated website for its proposed Starship point-to-point transport system, potentially capable of transporting dozens of passengers anywhere on Earth in just 30-60 minutes.

Ten days after we got a peek at the construction of SpaceX ' s first Starship in Texas, CEO Elon Musk tweeted out a picture of the craft' s two halves coming together. It' s a timely post, as Musk is planning a press conference Saturday evening with updates on the company' s programs, including its Starships .

Bridenstine appears to be taking SpaceX to task very publicly. It's an interesting move considering NASA has seen plenty of its own delays as it pursues returning humans to the moon in 2024 with the Artemis mission.

Bridenstine later retweeted a perspective from Ars Technica senior space editor Eric Berger: "I would not read this as a shot to SpaceX, but rather a reflection of Jim's desire to see all NASA contractors meet their deadlines for government contracts." 

This sentiment may seem to soften Bridenstine's statement somewhat, but the administrator's message in the tweet is still aimed at SpaceX and doesn't mention other NASA contractors.

CNET has reached out to both NASA and SpaceX for comment.

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