Manned SpaceX mission in 2020, says NASA

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that an important Crew Dragon abort test could take place as early as next month

Bridenstine made the statement on the eve of Musk's big announcement in Texas that he's proceeding toward a full prototype of SpaceX's Starship - a big, next-generation rocket/spaceship created to carry people, eventually, to Mars.

"Human space flight is the reason SpaceX was created and we are honored to partner with NASA to make this happen", Musk said.

SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk opened up his private rocket factory to the top official of NASA on Thursday for a tour and progress report on the company's long-delayed Crew Dragon astronaut capsule.

However he additionally emphasised NASA's concern for astronaut security, saying the timeline may slip.

SpaceX is developing a capsule under NASA's commercial crew program to launch astronauts to the worldwide space station so that the USA does not have to rely on Russian spacecraft.

Bridenstine's go to to SpaceX headquarters within the Los Angeles suburb of Hawthorne comes as SpaceX works to beat key technical challenges on the Crew Dragon.

Musk said during the press conference that the newest design of the parachutes, which he referred to as Mark 3 parachutes, are 10 times safer than Mark 2 parachutes and are twice as safe as Apollo's parachutes.

Whereas Musk and Bridenstine supplied few concrete particulars on their joint investigation into an explosion throughout a capsule floor check in April, Musk stated incidents had been inevitable throughout advanced improvement processes and rigorous testing.

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It also follows a rare public spat over the last two weeks between Musk and the NASA chief, who bristled at Musk on Twitter for celebrating an unrelated milestone achieved on SpaceX's deep-space Starship rocket while completion of the Crew Dragon project remained delayed. In September 2014, NASA awarded $2.6 billion to SpaceX and $4.2 billion to Boeing to finish work on their astronaut taxis - capsules called Crew Dragon and the CST-100 Starliner, respectively.

Each the Boeing and SpaceX capsules have been beset by delays and testing mishaps which have prevented both firm from attaining objectives for manned orbital missions in 2019.

Bridenstine told reporters on Thursday that a high-altitude abort test of a system created to propel the capsule to safety in the event of an emergency on the way to orbit would happen in "short order", though he did not provide a specific date.

The top executive for Boeing's rival Starliner program, John Mulholland, told a conference on Wednesday that a key test of an abort system that propels astronauts to safety during an emergency was slated for November 4, while its unpiloted orbital test flight was set for December 17.

Industry sources suggest the first Starliner manned mission is unlikely to happen before 2020. The space agency is anxious to stop paying $85 million a pop to use Russia's Soyuz spacecraft for launching its astronauts to the ISS.

Bridenstine livestreamed the press conference of his visit on his Twitter account, and gave updates to the press about the advancements being made with SpaceX's Crew Dragon commercial rocket.

"This is a big deal for our country", Bridenstine said, standing next to Musk at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. Catch all of the Reside TV motion on HEARALPUBLICIST 24×7 and HEARALPUBLICIST India.

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