Video: Jim Bridenstine Talks With SpaceX Founder Elon Musk

Video Caption: On the latest Watch this Space, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine chats with SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk during a tour of Launch Complex 39A just before the Demo-1 launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The historic Demo-1 mission launched at 2:49 a.m. EDT on Saturday, March 2 and was the first launch of a commercially built and operated American spacecraft and space system designed for humans as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

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  • Mr Snarky Answer

    With the screaming success of DM-1, the only roadblocks are the handful of open items going into the demo. Time for NASA to man up and admit the COPV issue is licked, chutes can and will be ready by summer (backup SuperDracos for emergency landing is a good mitigation plan as well). Lastly finishing up the thermal control work for propellant supply lines to Dracos. The rest should be a hit and run play for ongoing improvements as they fly!!!

  • ThomasLMatula

    OK, now we know why Administrator Bridenstine started talking about a commercial alternative to the SLS😄

  • Terry Stetler

    Meanwhile, Boeing’s off in the weeds looking for 2020-something.

  • therealdmt

    Bridenstine looks pretty psyched on his job. The astronauts, too!

  • duheagle

    Bridenstine came into office with both an obvious personal agenda to get a torpid and lackadaisical NASA back on its feet and moving again and backing from Trump and Pence to do exactly that. Elon Musk, being the uncontested “Mr. Hustle” of spaceflight, the Trump-Pence-Bridenstine agenda’s road to realization pretty much had to run straight through Hawthorne.

    The next couple years are going to be epic. And after that, things will just keep getting better.