According to a piece of new information, the collaboration between SpaceX and NASA might be at risk because the American military forces are monitoring Elon Musk’s space agency’s operations because their spacecraft carry aboard satellites.
NASA is apparently keeping a close watch on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon expedition which suffered an impediment just last week as the capsule blew up while examined in the static fire test. Besides this, the NASA signed with Elon Musk’s space agency a $2.6 billion contract to transport astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), and also, the U.S. Air Force voiced its concern over the fact that SpaceX will be having on board national security property, namely satellites. Due to this, the U.S. military could, in fact, stop the launch if SpaceX will still encounter problems during its test flights, the report said.
Brigadier General Douglas Schiess, the Air Force commander managing the unit reported in a recent interview that the Air Force designed personnel that knows the preparation procedures of the satellite and rocket to observe the process. They have the power to interfere with SpaceX-NASA operations if they think that the ‘correct’ process is not being ensued, Schiess said.
Not only SpaceX but also Boeing has signed a contract with NASA and are now supposed to support NASA with its space observations and missions through the agency’s commercial space project. However, SpaceX is now the forerunner as it successfully fired an uncrewed Crew Dragon spacecraft at the beginning of the year and anchored it at the International Space Station without any problem.
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is intended to be the space agency’s first capsule to carry on board human occupants. Elon Musk’s space agency was scheduled to carry on the second stage of the demos which includes American astronauts, but because of the accident occurred at its hangar, the mission was a bit delayed. Crew Dragon spacecraft was due to transport NASA astronauts to the International Space Station this year.
The accident which occurred on April 20, took place while numerous engine tests were performed on the Dragon capsule at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The explosion happened during the last phases of testing, and because of it, the second demo was postponed, and thus the American Air force could also push back the launch if they think the expedition is not prepared enough.
Steff Haines is a reporter for Swerd Media. After graduating from American River College, Steff got an internship at NPR and worked as a beat reporter for the Los Angeles Kings. Steff was also was a columnist for the Huff Post. Steff mostly covers entertainment and community events in the Sacramento area.