On paper, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk should be the best of friends. Years of collaboration and hard work are about to pave the way for the long-awaited return of launching humans into space from American soil — but instead of chumming it up, the duo are at each others’ throats.

The trouble started when Bridenstine released a statement on Friday — a day before Musk took to the stage to present the latest Starship updates — to complain about the lack of progress on SpaceX’s contract to deliver astronauts into orbit with its Commercial Crew project. The implication, whether intended or unintended: stop showing off Starship and deliver the NASA-contracted Commercial Crew.

“I am looking forward to the SpaceX announcement tomorrow,” read Bridenstine’s statement. “In the meantime, Commercial Crew is years behind schedule. NASA expects to see the same level of enthusiasm focused on the investments of the American taxpayer. It’s time to deliver.”

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