The head of NASA Jim Breidenstein believes that the billions of dollars that the Agency of the U.S. government invested in the company Elon musk SpaceX, was not in vain.
After all, the company is preparing the Mask for the withdrawal of NASA astronauts into orbit this month, says CNBC. Thus, it will be the first space flight with a crew committed in the territory of the United States, for almost 10 years.
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Investments in SpaceX and investments that SpaceX themselves have attracted, demonstrate the results and useful – not only for manned space exploration, but also for the US economy,
said Breidenstein during a press conference on Friday, April 1.
NASA has concluded with SpaceX some contracts, agreeing on the development of new spacecraft and cargo to the International space station.
In the framework of Commercial Crew, the us space Agency highlighted the company Elon musk more than $ 3.1 billion for the development of the Crew Dragon capsule. Another this huge aircraft company, Boeingalso has received funding from NASA in the amount of 4.8 billion dollars, to the improvement of a spaceship called the Starliner.
However, while SpaceX plans to launch astronauts in their own spacecraft may 27, Boeing lags behind its rival. The reason for this delay are problems with the software in Cockpit discovered during the test flight.
The NASA program called Commercial Crew replaced another initiative – the Space Shuttle, which ended in 2011.
Commercial Crew demonstrates how to save money, unlike the Space Shuttle. We are very pleased with all the investments that we made, and the result that we receive from these investments,
Previously, Musk argued that SpaceX has spent “hundreds of millions of dollars” of its own funds in the development of the spacecraft. However, the exact amount the company did not call.
SpaceX is investing heavily in its products, but frankly I can’t tell you the size of the investment in Dragon 2. Not because I don’t want to. I don’t know what was the number
– the President and chief operating officer of SpaceX Gwen Shotwell.
Stowell also added that SpaceX is “working closely with NASA since 2006”because sending people into space is the main mission of the company Ilona Mask.
All this work is the culmination of historical events which witnesses we will be in just a few weeks
said Stowell, focusing on the American space flight the crew may 27.
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