NASA official to tour SpaceX plant after feud with Elon Musk

Elon Musk warning NASA boss to SpaceX HQ after huge delays to ISS plans

Elon Musk warning NASA boss to SpaceX HQ after huge delays to ISS plans

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.

Musk shared the brand new info on Twitter in reply to a tweet by this reporter, which famous that "full panic" has ensued at NASA headquarters because the company seeks to purchase seats, presumably prolong crew missions, and start flying business crew missions.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is paying commercial launch contractors SpaceX and Boeing Co $6.8 billion to build rocket-and-capsule systems to return astronauts to the International Space Station from USA soil for the first time since America's space shuttle program ended in 2011.

To conduct the key safety test that will demonstrate whether the Crew Dragon is able to get astronauts to safety in case of an emergency, Crew Dragon will be launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

SpaceX successfully launched an unpiloted Crew Dragon in March to the International Space Station, a $100 billion orbital research laboratory that flies about 250 miles (400 km) above Earth, although the date for its debut manned mission remains uncertain after repeated slips.

"The SpaceX schedule, which I've just reviewed in depth, shows Falcon & Dragon at the Cape & all testing done in (about) 10 weeks", Musk wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

NASA has stopped providing scheduling updates until it names a new associate administrator of human spaceflight operations, agency spokesman Matthew Rydin said. 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.

A decision to increase the length of the Crew Dragon take a look at flight with Behnken and Hurley, selected Demo-2, is one in every of many choices into consideration to make sure the artificial satellite remains staffed with USA astronauts once NASA's agreement to acquire seats on Russia's Soyuz artificial satellite expires next year. "More to come soon!"

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