After SpaceX accomplished a historic, non-public spaceflight on Saturday, CEO Elon Musk took a pot shot at President Joe Biden who had but to comment on the corporate's and the civilian flight crew's accomplishments.
One of Musk's 60 million followers on the social networking platform Twitter requested him, "The President of the United States has refused to even acknowledge the 4 newest American astronauts who helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for St. Jude. What's your theory on why that is?"
Musk replied, "He's still sleeping."
As CNBC beforehand reported, SpaceX safely returned its Crew Dragon spacecraft from orbit yesterday. The capsule carried the 4 members of the Inspiration4 mission again to Earth after three days in area.
One main objective of the Inspiration4 mission was to boost $200 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It had raised $160.2 million by Saturday. Celebrating after Inspiration4 splashed down, Musk pledged to contribute $50 million personally — pushing the marketing campaign's complete raised to $210 million.
The White House and SpaceX didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Top NASA officers have congratulated Musk and SpaceX on the Inspiration4 mission. SpaceX opponents acknowledged it too, with accolades from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Blue Origin and Musk's peer and rival Jeff Bezos shared on social media.
This marked the first non-public SpaceX spaceflight, with a non-professional crew. Additionally, the mission concerned the first Black girl to function a spacecraft pilot, the youngest American to grow to be an astronaut up to now, and the first particular person to fly in area with a prosthesis.
Although Musk just lately acknowledged that he "would prefer to stay out of politics," his quip on Sunday indicated a willingness to needle the Democratic president and repeat a right-wing taunt about Biden.
During his 2020 marketing campaign, former President Donald Trump steadily insulted then-candidate Biden by calling him "Sleepy Joe."
More just lately, Trump despatched Biden sarcastic well-wishes forward of a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in June. He mentioned in an e-mailed assertion on the time, "Good luck to Biden in dealing with President Putin— don't fall asleep during the meeting, and please give him my warmest regards!"
SpaceX usually enjoys relationship with the federal authorities. For instance, it received a $2.89 billion contract to construct NASA's subsequent crewed lunar lander, beating out Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Leidos subsidiary Dynetics, and SpaceX has flown 10 astronauts to the ISS for NASA up to now.
However, SpaceX can also be underneath investigation by the Department of Justice after accusations that it discriminated towards job candidates primarily based on citizenship standing — a probe that started throughout the Trump administration.
In addition to his tasks at SpaceX, Musk is concurrently the CEO of electrical automobile makers Tesla. (Tesla can also be a provider to SpaceX.)
In that capability, he just lately bemoaned a Biden administration proposal that might allocate an additional $4,500 in incentives to patrons of sure, new electrical light-duty passenger automobiles. One stipulation of the proposal is that electrical automobiles needs to be union-made, domestically.
While the corporate operates a battery manufacturing facility in Nevada, and a automobile meeting plant in California already, with one other underneath building outdoors of Austin, Texas, Tesla is the one main U.S. automaker whose manufacturing isn’t unionized right here.
Musk mentioned, on Twitter on September 12, of the proposal: "This is written by Ford/UAW lobbyists, as they make their electric car in Mexico. Not obvious how this serves American taxpayers."
In Cars.com's annual American Made Index for 2021, Tesla's widespread Model 3 electrical sedan topped the rankings, and its crossover Model Y landed in third place.
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