NASA chief Jim Bridenstine put a spin on the development process of the Starship, SpaceX’s latest fascinating rocket. As Elon Musk, founder of the space company revealed the most recent accomplishment, NASA officials seemed to be annoyed with the massive rocket.
Back in 2014, SpaceX has signed a multi-billion dollar contract with NASA to construct a spacecraft which would transport astronauts to the International Space Station, a.k.a ISS.
Boeing was also awarded a contract. However, SpaceX, which was set to deliver an ISS crew by now, had a couple of delays, including a blast that occurred in the middle of a ground test of the Dragon Crew capsule in July of this year.
Therefore, NASA is now upset with Musk and SpaceX because he said no reveal of the new Starship rocket has been made yet.
The space agency’s boss took it to Twitter and said that Commercial Crew is years behind schedule. Elon Musk hit back, saying the delays ponder on the whole industry, not on SpaceX alone, with at least eight years behind.
“Most of the work that is required from now through flight of NASA astronauts is a long series of safety reviews, so it’s not really hardware related, and it’s really going as fast as we can go. “If there’s some way to make it go faster, I would make it go faster,” Elon Musk wrote.
The SpaceX chief also added that the Commercial Crew could begin transporting astronauts to the ISS in about three or four months.
The following Saturday, Mr. Musk revealed a prototype of the iconic Starship Mk1rocket, which is designed to take humans to the Moon, and ‘beyond.’
The rocket measures 164ft (50 meters), weighs 200 tons, and 1,400 tons when fully loaded. It will allegedly be sent to Earth’s orbit in approximately six months for a series of tests. The Starship prototype is made of stainless steel rather than of carbon composite or aluminum-based materials. This gives the craft incredible thermal features and a lower cost.
The rocket also packs the functions for ‘orbital refilling,’ which would enable the fuel to be transported from spacecraft to spacecraft in Earth’s orbit. This is something much easier than having to dock at the International Space Station to fill the tank.
Mr. Musk also said that crewed flights could happen next year.