NASA chief spoke with SpaceX official about Musk's Twitter 'distraction'

NASA Administrator Invoice Nelson mentioned he pulled apart the pinnacle of SpaceX to lift considerations about Elon Musk’s controversies at Twitter doubtlessly affecting the area firm.

Nelson mentioned he requested Gwynne Shotwell, the president and COO of SpaceX, earlier this month if controversy at Twitter would have an effect on enterprise at SpaceX, an important associate for NASA.

“Inform me that the distraction that Elon might need on Twitter will not be going to have an effect on SpaceX,” Nelson mentioned he advised her, in accordance with NBC Information.

Shotwell responded that “you don’t have anything to fret about,” in accordance with Nelson’s recounting of the dialog.

Nelson advised NBC Information that he’s not involved about SpaceX, which Musk runs as CEO, and that he was reassured by Shotwell.

“I hugged her with a smile on my face, as a result of I do know she is operating that factor. She’s operating SpaceX,” he mentioned.

Nelson was talking to reporters after a press convention on Sunday simply hours after the Orion capsule returned to Earth, finishing the Artemis 1 mission. His feedback about Shotwell and SpaceX had been additionally reported by an editor at Ars Technica.

SpaceX ferries NASA astronauts to the Worldwide Area Station and has saved the area company billions of {dollars}.

SpaceX can be working with NASA on future Artemis missions, which is able to land astronauts on the moon for the primary time in almost 50 years.