This beef goes again fairly far.
In a brand new tell-all memoir, the previous second-in-command at NASA has aired a ton of the company’s soiled laundry — together with important fights with Bill Nelson, the person who now helms it.
When she was NASA’s deputy administrator, ex-official Lori Garver instructed Politico that she not solely handled vile sexism from coworkers, but in addition with what she calls “passive-aggressive” habits from now-Administrator Nelson.
And on the coronary heart of Garver and Nelson’s dangerous blood, she alleges, is a well-recognized Futurism character: the ever-controversial Elon Musk and his rocket firm, SpaceX.
The former deputy administrator wrote that it was she who spearheaded NASA’s public-private partnership with SpaceX, referred to as the Commercial Crew Program — a transfer that she says drew a lot inside ire, together with from Nelson.
While he was nonetheless a US senator, Garver wrote, Nelson “led the opposition” to Commercial Crew. She recounted a non-public assembly during which the then-senator “shouted at me to ‘get your boy Elon in line'” after Musk publicly claimed that he may assist NASA.
According to Garver, Nelson hasn’t at all times been so keen on the billionaire and his non-public spaceflight firm, although he now “recalls his record differently” and is “doing his best to wrap himself in the Commercial Crew flag.”
These claims, it needs to be famous, corroborate earlier reporting suggesting that there are lots of inside NASA who despise SpaceX — and to their credit score, Musk hasn’t made it straightforward along with his erratic habits and hubristic fashion.
On her finish, Garver clearly is fan of the SpaceX CEO, and wrote that his “story is difficult to separate” from her personal.
“I wouldn’t have managed to pull off much of a transformation at NASA,” she continued, “without him and SpaceX.”
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