After taking steps to cancel his first big mission, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tells his employees and the aerospace business community that the space agency "focuses on building and flying" the new rocket built in Alabama.
Bridenstine A congressional hearing said Wednesday that NASA was studying the possibility of moving ahead of early SLS missions to commercial rockets because the SLS would not be ready when the agency planned to launch the testimonies before a Senate panel sets a social media sensation. skeptics and fans of SpaceX and United Launch Alliance ̵
The mission is the launch of the month-round trial planned for 2020 of NASA's new Orion capsule and the European Service Module to supply it with power, air and water. NASA recently said it could not make the schedul e, and Bridenstine told the Senate that using commercial rockets is a one-off effort to keep the return schedule on the moon.
Within 24 hours, the press space is broadly telling things like this sentence from a story on the spacenews website "On that day from the hearing, some thought that proposals may be an attempt to show that the SLS is no longer necessary, especially after the 2020 budget budget proposal deferred to the stronger Block 1B version of the SLS and transferred some payloads, including elements of the lunar Gateway and Europe Clipper mission, in other vehicles. "
Bridenstine brought NASA's webpage Thursday to tell his worker to" know that NASA is focused on building and flying SLS …. " He said SLS, a single big rocket that could boost both Orion and the service module at the same time, was safer and better than the two-rocket solution he proposed to the Senate for firs t flight.
Bridenstine said he was trying to keep NASA on schedule for a return to the moon strategy that President Trump supported strongly. The plan calls for two launches, one in 2020 on a sleepless Orion, and a launch in 2021 on astronauts on board. Moving to commercial Rockets – if possible – will allow NASA to "release the first SLS for home launch or other hardware in 2021." That gets NASA back on track for crewed flights around the moon in 2022 … "