"I look forward to SpaceX's announcement tomorrow. Commercial Crew, meanwhile, has been lagging for years. The NASA schedule expects to see the same level of enthusiasm focused on US taxpayer investment. It's delivery time. "
Commercial Crew includes SpaceX and Boeing, developing spacecraft that can transport astronauts from US Earth to the International Space Station.
Musk addressed the gentle parental statement of NASA's head during his Starship update from Texas on Saturday, saying, "In terms of SpaceX resources, our resources are overwhelmingly Falcon and Dragon (Crew Dragon is part of NASA's sales team program) … A really small percentage of SpaceX did Starship."
But after leaving the stage, Musk switched it Qi in full burn mode in an interview with CNN when asked to reply to Bridenstein's tweet once again.
"Did he (Bridenstin) say sales team or SLS? "asked Musk with a full snarl, before throwing his best troll face at the camera and cracking for about 10 seconds.
The joke here is that Musk is referring to the next generation of NASA's space launch system, which is over budget and overdue. In fact, so much so that it is said that NASA is simply reducing its losses, canceling SLS and contracting with SpaceX for future SLS launches, with Artemis' planned mission to return to the moon.
"Everything in outer space is years ago, right?" Musk continued to say. "Relatively speaking, which one is later … we're really going as fast as we can do it."
The Bridenstine Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Musk was hoping to send the first astronauts to the International Space Station at Crew Dragon earlier this year, but a test misuse of the earth caused the Crew Dragon crew to explode and put that timeline back. No one was injured in the explosion.
Musk's ill return is fair, but this is also Bridestin's initial questioning about Musk's priorities. SpaceX's success as a business over the past 17 years has come in large part thanks to NASA's continued support in the form of several huge contracts.
It's fun, and perhaps even satisfying, to see some of the biggest names in rocket play participate in a real-life rap battle, but in the end, both delayed spaceships used as rhetorical ammunition were paid with US taxpayer dollars In other words, in this war of words, the audience really loses.