Individuals in NASA’s Industrial Crew Program — non-public corporations engaged on spacecraft to take U.S. astronauts to the Worldwide House Station — testified in the present day during a hearing earlier than the U.S. House Committee on Science, House, and Know-how.
However one participant was conspicuously absent: Blue Origin, the corporate based by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, which is slated to obtain up to $22 million underneath this system for its work on an orbital crew area car.
Blue Origin was most just lately within the information when a mishap precipitated caused one of its unmanned spacecraft to blow up on a test flight.
As famous in the present day in a tweet from the hearing room by Popular Mechanics, the “politicians don’t appear happy” concerning the firm’s choice not to seem.
Committee chairman Rep. Ralph Corridor, a Republican from Texas, addressed the issue briefly in his opening statement: “I would love to be aware for the Members of the Committee that one firm, Blue Origin, has acquired $14.9 million in Federal funds underneath this program however declined to testify in the present day — and, I’ve declined to subpoena them.”
Bezos vowed in September to continue pressing ahead with the Blue Origin work, together with improvement of a crew capsule, following a “flight instability” that resulted within the destruction of a Blue Origin check spacecraft within the skies over West Texas.
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