On September 28, Elon Musk told the world about their latest starship’s design and capabilities. He also shed some light over its progress and other aspects. The re-usable rocket and spacecraft will be used for commute to cosmic destinations like moon and mars.
The progress of SpaceX has caught the attention of a lot of people around the world including Jim Bridenstine from NASA, who pointed out the delays in other high profile projects of SpaceX. He took to twitter to express his feelings and wrote that NASA would also like to see such enthusiasm and dedication for their projects and it’s time to deliver the performance taxpayers expect from SpaceX. This is due to the fact that SpaceX is lagging behind on the schedule for manned testing for the spacecrafts for commercial crew project that they are building for NASA.
The commercial crew program was organized by NASA back in 2010 as a way to promote private companies to make space taxies for astronauts. Under this Boeing and SpaceX won the contracts and were expected to deliver the final models by 2017.
Musk addressed Jim’s tweet during the presentation and said that most of their resources are working on Dragon and falcon. He said that Crew Dragon project is currently their number 1 priority as of now and added a few details which state that only 5% of resources of SpaceX are involved in their ambitious starship project.
Musk hasn’t given any details as to why the slip up in the scheduling occurred but a high rank official from NASA has hinted that it is related to congress. Lori Garver, who was the Deputy Administrator of NASA between 2007 and 2013 said that the funding of Commercial crew program were cut in half by the congress in the initial 5 years of the project i.e. $800 million became $400 million, $500 million became $230 million etc. He also notified that NASA’s demand for $5.8 billion for 5 years of operations was cut short to $2.4 billion.