After taking action to cancel its first major mission, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstein tells his staff and the aerospace business community that the space agency is "striving to build and fly" a new missile developed in Alabama. Recall that NASA is exploring the possibility of transferring SLS's earliest missions to commercial missiles, as SLS will not be ready when the agency plans to launch this testimony. Skeptics and fans of SpaceX and the United Launch Alliance – two commercial companies most likely to get launches – have jumped out to social media sites to praise Bridenstein, as SLS skeptics did.
A new Orion capsule NASA and a European maintenance module that will supply it with energy, air and water. e., and Bridenstein told the Senate that it uses commercial missiles, will be a one-off effort to keep the Moon's return schedule to schedule.
Within 24 hours, the space press spoke extensively about a similar sentence from the story on .com .com: "The day after this hearing, some suggested that this suggestion might be an attempt to demonstrate that SLS is no longer needed, especially after an administrative budget the request for 2020 postponed the work on a more powerful version of SLS block 1
Bridenstine took a NASA web page on Thursday to tell his staff "to know that NASA is required to build and fly the SLS …. He said that SLS, the only large rocket that can both raise both Orion and the service module, is safer and more efficient than the solution with two missiles that it proposed to the Senate for the first.
Bridenstine said he is trying to keep NASA on the schedule for a return to Moon strategy strongly supported by President Trump. The plan requires two launches, one in 2020 with idle Orion, and launch in 2021 with astronauts on board. The transition to commercial missiles – if possible – will allow NASA to "release the first SLS to launch housing or other equipment in 2021." This will return NASA on the way to fly with the crew around the moon in 2022 … "19659007]