Mask meets with NASA deputy director to discuss SpaceX manned spacecraft test flights

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 Mask meets with NASA deputy director to discuss SpaceX manned spacecraft test flights


Figure: On September 17, 2018, at the event at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, the CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, delivered a speech.

Netease Technologies News Dec. 7, Bloomberg reported that on Thursday, Elon Musk, chief executive of SpaceX, met with a deputy director of NASA to discuss the upcoming manned spacecraft test flight, which is crucial for SpaceX to become NASAs first manned space partner.

NASA spokeswoman Megan Powers wrote in an e-mail that Musk met in Washington with Bill Gerstenmaier, NASAs deputy director of human exploration and operations, to discuss SpaceXs Demo-1 test flight scheduled for January next year.

SpaceX and Boeing have signed contracts with NASA to deliver American astronauts to the International Space Station.

NASAs latest plan is that SpaceXs first unmanned spacecraft demonstration flight will take place on January 7 and its first astronaut flight will take place in June, but the schedule is often delayed. Representatives of SpaceX did not respond to requests for comment.

In an e-mail last month, NASA said it would conduct a cultural assessment study with business partners to ensure that they met NASAs workplace safety requirements, including building a drug-free environment.

Earlier, the Washington Post reported that Musk had smoked marijuana in a podcast interview last September, and NASA has since ordered security reviews of SpaceX and Boeing.

In September 2014, NASA awarded the two companies a huge $6.8 billion contract to ensure that the United States continues to ship American astronauts to the International Space Station without buying seats on the Soyuz spacecraft. (small)

Source: Responsible Editor of Netease Science and Technology Report: Wang Fengzhi_NT2541