Jim Bridenstine NASA Administrator stopped by SpaceX HQ in California and then did a little discussion with the media while standing with Elon Musk and two astronauts. However, some of the highlights included comments concerning the Crew Dragon project and the progress made there. While the administrator emphasized the necessity for extra testing and allowed that schedules might change depending on what they discover there, the capsule might be prepared for its first crewed “Demo-2” test flight in Q1 of 2020.
Based on Elon Musk, drop tests that are about to begin will decide its “Mark 3” parachute design, which replaced nylon cords with stronger “xylon” material. Additionally, they referenced the explosion on the test stand this year, with Bridenstine said it is SpaceX’s fail fast model, as long as it has to fix before the rocket truly takes flight. Musk agreed, saying that if things do not fail, then you aren’t trying hard enough. The explosion was associated with a leak somewhere between the launch abort system and the orbital maneuvering system so that the area has been redesigned.
General, everyone appears to be closer to the same page than in weeks past; however, people will have to wait and watch if this gets the Commercial Crew program moving sooner rather than later.