NASA astronaut touts 'great partnership' with SpaceX ahead of historic launch

NASA astronaut touts ‘nice partnership’ with SpaceX forward of historic launch


Astronaut Rex Walheim on Saturday expressed confidence that NASA’s partnership with SpaceX will assist the U.S. attain new frontiers in house.

Fox News host Neil Cavuto requested Walheim whether or not he thought the public-private alliance would “restrict” NASA.

“No, I do not suppose so,” Walheim responded. “It’s been a terrific partnership.”

“I’s a mixture of the house flight historical past of NASA with the entrepreneurial spirit of SpaceX, and it is labored out actual effectively … We’ve had the time to undergo all of the assessments and all of the procedures, the entire improvement,and ensure we perceive what they’re doing to verify we’re comfy with it,” he mentioned.

“When we now have questions, SpaceX could be very open to answering them — and once they have questions, we’re very open to answering, too. It’s actually labored out fairly effectively, and I simply can’t wait to see it get began right here.”

SPACEX PREPARED FOR HISTORIC NASA MISSION TO LAUNCH ASTRONAUTS FROM US SOIL

Walheim’s interview got here simply earlier than a historic launch during which a personal firm — SpaceX — will take astronauts into house.

The curtain rises Wednesday with the scheduled liftoff of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule, taking two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station — a flight years within the making.

The drama unfolds in Florida at 4:33 p.m. EDT from the identical launch pad on the Kennedy Space Center that despatched males to the moon and the final house shuttle into orbit.

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Cavuto additionally requested Walheim whether or not he frightened that partnering with non-public enterprise would enable their revenue motive to overhaul professional considerations with house journey.

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“We have to create space flight cheaper. To actually commercialize low-earth orbit, we now have to give you the option to get there cheaper. Don’t wish to do it any much less protected, and if we will advance the expertise, which we’re doing, , the SpaceX automobile is way more superior than the house shuttle was, and that permits us to make it safer.

“We do not have essentially oversight to inform them what to do all the time, however we now have perception to say ‘OK, we see what you are doing right here, and we agree with this or we do not agree with that,'” Walheim mentioned.

“Together, you can also make that pact the place they will attempt to be as environment friendly however as protected as attainable, and you may open up new frontiers principally by making entry to house a lot cheaper.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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