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Elon Musk and Jim Bridenstine Appeared Together for an Update on the SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule

One wouldn’t call them “frienemies,” exactly. However, the relationship between NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Elon Musk hasn’t been particularly chummy, of late, either. The issue centers on one project in particular—Crew Dragon. The manned capsule is necessary to finally start launching “American astronauts [into space] on American rockets from American soil,” which is a major pressure point for Jim Bridenstine. 

Bridenstine has been under a lot of pressure from the oval office to deliver results. For one thing, his boss wants to go straight to Mars and has cut four years off of his deadline to get back to the Moon. For another, he’s accountable for the fact that we’re still paying Russia nearly $100 million each time we send a crew to the ISS. Through all of it, however, the NASA administrator has remained fairly level-headed. 

Then he took a bit of a cue from his boss, unfortunately.

A couple of weeks ago, right before Musk’s big reveal of SpaceX’s Starship Mk1 Prototype, Bridenstine turned to Twitter for a little jab:

Okay, so it was a small cue, dripping with way more class than anything tweeted by the oval office. But it was still a jab. And apparently it worked. Observe:

As you can see in the video. Bridenstine now appears very confident in the work SpaceX is doing. We know that parts will be in Florida by December. And both Bridenstine and Musk are confident that we’ll see a flight early next year. If all goes as planned, and that happens, the timing will be impeccable. Our current contract with Russia for Soyuz rocket rides ends in 2020. The time for Crew Dragon to succeed is now.

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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