The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration stated difficulties in achieving this goal.
Earlier on Tuesday, NASA Inspector General Paul Martin said that the landing of astronauts on the Moon in 2024 is not possible due, in particular, to delays in the development of spacesuits. “SpaceX can do this if necessary,” Musk wrote on Twitter, commenting on the publication outlining the findings of the NASA inspector.
Martin previously clarified that, according to NASA’s plans, the first two new xEMU (Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit) spacesuits ready for flight should be manufactured by November 2024, but the management “faces significant difficulties in achieving this goal.” We are talking about a delay in the planned work, which has already reached 20 months. It is associated with a lack of funding, the consequences of the pandemic and technical problems. Taking into account some requirements, the report notes, “the spacesuits will be ready for flights no earlier than April 2025.” Moreover, by the time there are two ready-to-fly spacesuits; NASA “will spend more than a billion dollars on the development and assembly of next-generation spacesuits.”