For instance, SpaceX is the only launch company that proposes to fuel its rockets while astronauts are on board.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX His tenure at the space agency will be judged first and foremost by how the transition of astronauts back to U.S.-made launch vehicles and spacecraft fares.
NASA Administrator James Bridenstine went ballistic when he heard that Elon Musk had smoked marijuana on a podcast, and ordered a safety review of the two companies that have contracts to carry astronauts to the International Space Station beginning next year (the other is Boeing).
This must have been a bitter disappointment for Musk, who struggled for years to get military launch certification of SpaceX’s workhorse Falcon 9 rocket.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX was hoping that the Air Force would help foot the bill for developing its Super Heavy Starship (capable of lifting a hundred astronauts at once), but the outcome of the recent military launch competition would appear to preclude that.