Musk tweets “Thank You, Mr. President” in appreciation of significant NASA contracts
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk did not come to enjoy his fiscal success by ignoring trends or dismissing troubling projections.
He recently indicated that Tesla will be pausing hiring worldwide and that jobs cuts are coming next, based on a ‘bad feeling’ about the economy.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he has a “super bad feeling” about the economy and wants to cut about 10% of jobs, according to an email to executives on Thursday seen by Reuters.
Shares of Tesla are down 3% in premarket trading.
The latest news comes just two days after the world’s richest man told employees to return to the workplace or leave the company.
Biden, of course, knows that this is as close to a “no confidence” vote in his economic leadership as one gets in the country. So at a recent press conference, the Curmudgeon-in-Chief took a question from a reporter, so he could launch a snarky retort (probably worked on for hours by his incompetent staff).
Asked by Reuters about Musk’s comments, Biden suggested maybe the issue was with Tesla.
“While Elon Musk is talking about that, Ford is increasing their investment overwhelmingly,” Biden said. “Ford is increasing investment and building new electric vehicles. Six thousand new employees, union employees I might add, in the Midwest.”
“So, you know, lots of luck on his trip to the moon,” he added.
And, just like the “MAGA King” and “Ultra MAGA” snipes directed at Trump and Trump supporters, this remark failed to hit its target. Musk responded with courtesy, gratitude, and a reminder about how important SpaceX is to the nation’s space program.
Thanks Mr President!https://t.co/dCcTQLsJTp
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 3, 2022
Here is a reminder about the important contract that SpaceX has, hopefully allowing Americans to land on the moon again . . . and ahead of the Chinese.
NASA is getting ready to send astronauts to explore more of the Moon as part of the Artemis program, and the agency has selected SpaceX to continue development of the first commercial human lander that will safely carry the next two American astronauts to the lunar surface. At least one of those astronauts will make history as the first woman on the Moon. Another goal of the Artemis program includes landing the first person of color on the lunar surface.
The agency’s powerful Space Launch System rocket will launch four astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft for their multi-day journey to lunar orbit. There, two crew members will transfer to the SpaceX human landing system (HLS) for the final leg of their journey to the surface of the Moon. After approximately a week exploring the surface, they will board the lander for their short trip back to orbit where they will return to Orion and their colleagues before heading back to Earth.
The firm-fixed price, milestone-based contract total award value is $2.89 billion.
I would also like to point out that the Chinese don’t seem terribly worried about Biden. However, Musk’s Starlink system is high on their list of targets.
NASA has also recently purchased five flights from SpaceX to send astronauts to the International Space Station.
The agency announced a “sole source modification” to its contract with SpaceX, which operates the only American system currently carrying NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The expected value of the modified contract was not disclosed in an agency blog post Wednesday (June 1).
The five-flight purchase adds on to a $3.5 billion contract awarded to SpaceX in February for three additional astronaut missions with its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule: Crew-7, Crew-8 and Crew-9. NASA said at the time that it may order more flights from SpaceX.
For perspective, Crew-4 is in space right now, Crew-5 should launch in September and Crew-6 is scheduled for spring 2023. Assuming the newly purchased five flights continue in sequence after Crew-9, the contract modification would bring SpaceX through mission Crew-14.
Personally, I would wish Biden a lot of luck on his presidency. But as all his “luck” in regards to choices for the United States seems to be exquisitely bad, such a wish seems wildly inappropriate. I will simply hope Biden gets the legacy he deserves.DONATE
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