SpaceX manager tells NASA not to worry about Musk’s Twitter meltdowns

Bill Nelson looks off to the side in front of a screen showing the moon.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said he spoke to SpaceX CEO Gwen Shotwell and was told not to worry about owner Elon Musk’s politicization on Twitter.
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Billionaire Elon Musk owns SpaceX, one of the United States’ most important private partners for its ongoing space endeavors. Musk also owns Twitter, one of the world’s most important platforms for online discourse. Unfortunately, the richest man in the world has also become one of the richest in the world Polarized personalities Thanks to the shitshow Blue Bird App – and NASA has come to understand take notice.

According to Eric Berger, senior space editor at Ars Technica, NASA aAdministrator Bill Nelson said after a news conference Sunday that he recently spoke with Gwen Shotwell, SpaceX’s president and chief operating officer.. During that conversation, Nelson asked if Musk’s Twitter debacle was proving “distracting,Which I assured him was not. according to NBC NewsAs Nelson told reporters: “I hugged her with a smile on my face, because I know she runs this thing. She runs SpaceX.”

Nelson might be interested in “that thing.” Totally understandable, especially considering the newly faked one ranking between NASA and SpaceX, which was the private company exploited to build The next lunar lander of the Artemis program. This $1.15 billion contract for a second, A modified version of the company’s Starship spacecraft is a major part of NASA’s plans for a blueprint Artemis 4 MWhen landing no later than 2027. It’s also an extension of an existing $2.89 billion contract NASA has with SpaceX for the Artemis 3 human landing system.

Shotwell has been with SpaceX since 2002 and was named president in 2008. She has been at the forefront of many, many Falcon missile launch that helped secure many Big money contracts with NASAamong other countries and private companies. While praising Shotwell, astronomer and science blogger Phil Plait questioned Musk’s support Racism and xenophobia crept in In the Twitter speech, it had no effect on the billionaire’s other companies.

NASA has made SpaceX a primary partner for the Artemis program and beyond. with the splashdown ORion capsule Sunday, The US space agency is ready to launch its first Artemis launch Success. This does not mean that some, incl Former NASA chief Lori Garver, do not scrutinize and criticize the entire organization for the multiple delays of its first launch. No further delay in the calculation of distracted undertakers would be the ammunition for such criticism.

SpaceX conTo be a major partner of NASA, providing cargo and commercial crew services to the space agency. Any partnership with an outside group, particularly when human lives are at stake, must take potential risks into account. SpaceX must start conceding its delivery capacity, or Show signs of unprofessionalism and misconduct in the workplace, NASA may choose Look elsewhere. In fact, Boeing is currently working on a commercial crewed vehicle, called the Starliner, to transport NASA astronauts into international space Station, while Blue Origin and Dynetics are Seek to secure NASA a necklace to An alternative, however, is SpaceX Artemis Lunar lander.

The thing is, we already know Musk’s tweets caused friction at SpaceX. This past July, several of the company’s employees circulated an internal letter complaining that Musk’s Twitter habit was a “distraction and embarrassment.” How did the company respond? Well, SpaceX turned around and The eight employees were fired responsible for the message. Last month, those same employees File charges with the National Labor Relations Board claims revenge.

The fired employees also mentioned some Musk Most insulting tweets Up until that point, but it was all before the billionaire finally closed his $44 billion purchase of the platform. Musk’s tweets have become more overtly political of late, even toughening up famous astronauts in his online obsessions. Over this past weekend, former astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted at Musk, asking him to stop mocking members of the LGBTQ community. He also asked Musk to stop publishing the accusations against White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci.

In response to Kelly’s blunt, diplomatic request for sympathy, Musk doubled down on his conspiratorial, anti-LGBT rhetoric and complained about people “forcing” their pronouns on others. Let’s also not visitHow Musk’s allegations against Fauci ignore his claims Early pandemic tweetsAnd the Which It proved very, very wrong.

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