Astronaut Rex Walheim on Saturday expressed confidence that NASA’s cooperation with SpaceX will help the United States reach new borders on space.
Fox News host Neil Cavuto asked Walheim if he thought NASA would “limit” the public-private alliance.
“No, I think so,” replied Walheim. “It’s been a great partnership.”
“I was a combination of NASA’s space flight history with the SpaceX entrepreneur spirit, and it worked really well … We had time to go through all the tests and all the procedures, everything of development, and make sure we understand what they are doing to make sure we are comfortable here, “he said.
“If we have questions, SpaceX will be very open to answering them ̵1; and if they have any questions, we’re too open to answer, too. It really worked out well, and I can’t wait to see it start here. . “
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Walheim’s interview comes ahead of a historic launch in which a private company – SpaceX – will take astronauts to space.
The curtain rises Wednesday with the scheduled lift of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule, bringing two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station – a year of flying craft.
The drama opens in Florida at 4:33 p.m. The EDT from both the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center sent men to the moon and the last space shuttle into orbit.
Cavuto also asked Walheim if he was concerned that working with the private business would allow their profit motive to address legitimate concerns about space travel.
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“We need to make space flight cheaper. To really commercialize low-orbit, we need to get there cheaper. Don’t make it safer, and if we can advance the technology, that’s where we are. makes, you know, the SpaceX vehicle more advanced than the space shuttle back then, and allowed us to make it safer.
“We don’t have to manage to tell them what to do all the time, but we have the perspective to say ‘OK, we see what you’re doing here, and we either agree with it or we don’t agree with that, ‘”Walheim said.
“Together, you can make the pact with which they can try to be as good but as safe as possible, and you can open new boundaries first by accessing the cheaper space.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.