CAPE CANAVERAL – Even when asked by the Biden-elective administration, NASA director Jim Bridenstine told Aerospace DAILY that he would continue to be head of the US space agency, not for partisan reasons. To make sure that politically, NASA has the best. Strong growth opportunities under new leadership.
“The right question here is ‘What are in the best interests of NASA as an agency, and what are the best interests of the American expedition program?’ Bridenstine said on November 8, a day after Democrat Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 US presidential election.
“So what you need is someone with a close relationship with the president of the United States. You need someone who is trusted by the government…. includes the OMB (Office of Management and Budget), the National Space Council and the National Security Council, and I don̵7;t think I would be the right person for that in a new administration, ”Bridenstine to speak.
The current Donald Trump, who nominated former US Republican Senator to become NASA administrator in 2018, is challenging the election results, although that would require current votes. of some states must be changed.
“We’ve had a lot of success, but it’s all due to the relationships,” Bridenstine said. “You must have those relationships. Whoever the president is, they must have someone they know and trust and someone they trust. That person won’t be me ”.
Bridenstine was at the Kennedy Space Center to welcome the oncoming SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts on a launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on November 14. The mission will be the first to launch. a permanent ISS crew from the US since 2009. It took place after May 30 to August success. Two SpaceX Demo-2 crews flew to the ISS under NASA’s 10-year-old Commercial Crew program.
“We are in a good position as a nation. If you look at the bipartisan, non-political support we have from members of Congress on both sides of the aisle… there is strong support for Artemis, ”Bridenstine said, referring to the initiative. The agency’s post-ISS exploration is intended to extend human presence to the Moon and ultimately Mars.
“There’s a political agreement that America needs to do great things in space exploration, that we need to lead the world,” Bridenstine said. “There have been lessons learned from the past and I think Congress is in a good position to ensure that we have sustainable programs in the future.
“What I think is the most important thing is to have constant purpose and I think right now we can do it as much as we can,” he added.
Bridenstine, 45, said he has yet to begin to contemplate what his future will look like, including any possible roles in the space industry. “I haven’t even started thinking about it yet,” Bridenstine said, adding that he has plans to return to Oklahoma.
“After you run NASA, getting from one thing to whatever I do next will be really hard,” Bridenstine said. “This is the greatest experience of my life so far, and I am very grateful for it. But I’m not delusional. There are many people who can do great jobs as NASA administrators. “