Why NASA's Moon Shot, Boeing, Bezos, and Musk have so many rides in the US election

US President Donald Trump's differences with rival presidential candidate Joe Biden is far from planet earth.

Why NASA's Moon Shot, Boeing, Bezos, and Musk have so many rides in the US election

President Trump's plans to win the race in the space call for the 2024 lunar mission, and the end of US direct funding for the International Space Station in 2025 - hand over control of the decades-old orbital laboratory to private space companies.


On the other hand, according to people familiar with Biden's space agenda, Biden will seek a potentially delayed lunar shot and, if he wins the White House, will propose an expansion of funding for the International Space Station.


Postponing the moon's mission could cast more doubt on the long-term fate of Boeing's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, just as Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin will be hit’ next year. So that competitors can bring rockets to the market.


Expanding cooperation for the space station for a decade will also be a major boost for Boeing, whose annual 24 225 million ISS operation contract expires in 2024 and which has caused 19 epidemics and 737 deaths. The financial crisis is deepening. Max grounding after a fatal fall.


Under a program launched under the Obama administration, Boeing and SpaceX are already supplying spacecraft to astronauts for ferries, supported by both Trump and Biden.


While reducing the moon shot will leave behind agreements with moon landers and related equipment companies to win, the emerging Biden space agenda promotes competition between "new space" rivals such as Boeing and SpaceX. Ready for those who promise low cost. And reusable rocket systems and space vehicles.


Crying Consistency


A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken lifts off

Mike Francis, vice president of the Aerospace Industries Association trade group, who previously served as chief of staff at NASA under Obama said that for the commercial space industry, "consistency is key.”, “


"If you move a sketch now, you are potentially at risk of historic breakthroughs and NASA has seen strong and lasting bilateral cooperation in its portfolio," he told Reuters. "


Nearly 20 former senior NASA officials and scientists have gathered as a volunteer subgroup to informally support ideas for a space platform under the Basin Expedition Science Committee.


Many are employed’ in the Obama administration and are joking about influential roles in the interim team or the Biden administration.


Reuters spoke to three of them, as well as more then a dozen lobbies, industrialists, and former NASA officials who spoke to Biden's campaign.


The subgroup members want to increase NASA's funding for Earth Sciences and support partnerships with other countries. He stressed that Biden's space agenda, and the staff assigned to guide it, were at an early stage as his campaign prioritizes more pressing issues such as the coronavirus epidemic and unemployment.


Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden departs on campaign travel to Tampa from the airport in Fort Lauderdale

A Biden campaign spokesperson pointed to Biden's earlier statements. In August, SpaceX launched the first astronauts from American soil on an ISS voyage in almost a decade and after returning, Biden said he was looking forward to "guiding a bold space program that will launch the spacecraft." Will continue to send Heroes to further our search and scientific advancement. Frontiers. "


Representatives from Blue Origin and Boeing declined to comment. SpaceX and the Trump campaign did not respond to requests for comment.


Fight the Boeing Rocket


U.S. President Trump watches the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft, from Cape Canaveral, Florida

Several sources said that the Biden space group is divided’ on what to do about Boeing's SLS.


This super-heavy lift rocket has been hampered’ by development delays and cost overruns, but supports tens of thousands of jobs in Alabama and California and is the focal point of NASA's search projects and Trump's 2024 timeline for the Artemis mission. The only way to see the line.


Critics say the rocket's aging technology and the cost of billion 1 billion or more for a mission should signal a regular White House or congressional review of the program, especially if SpaceX and Blue Origin will be able to offer new rockets at a lower price.


Musk's massive but still less powerful Falcon Heavy will cost about 90 million to fly, and the United Launch Alliance's legacy for the Delta IV Heavy is about $ 350 million per launch.


Two people say whether Biden's space policy will be more friendly to the SLS or his choice of a "new space" player for new commercial alternatives will have a huge impact on NASA's administration The woman he wants to fill.


NASA considers SLS to be the only manned spaceflight to the moon in the near future said NASA's former NASA spacecraft Doug Lora.


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"But is this going in the long run?" Loverro asked.

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