NASA To Review Policies At SpaceX, Boeing Over Elon Musk Weed Smoking

The top of a replica Crew Dragon spacecraft is show at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne California US

Three NASA officials told the Post that it was prompted by Elon Musk smoking weed and drinking whisky on the "Joe Rogan Experience" podcast in September.

NASA has launched a safety probe into SpaceX and Boeing, which are under $6.8 billion contracts to fly its astronauts to space, because Elon Musk sipped whiskey on the rocks and smoked pot - legally - on a podcast, according to a new report.

First reported by The Washington Post, the space agency is looking at a months-long review to understand and evalute the workplace culture of two of its most prominent contractors. The contract for the human-approved and reusable "Dragon" spacecraft was signed in 2011, its mission now scheduled next year would be the company's first experience in manned space flight. "While we're all pushing hard to get flying, you also want to want to provide it safely", said Benji Reed, director of commercial crew mission management at SpaceX.

"We are confident that our comprehensive drug-free workforce and workplace programs exceed all applicable contractual requirements", SpaceX said in a statement sent to Reuters.

In the years since, NASA has had to rely on Russian modules to send astronauts to the ISS, all of which launch from foreign soil. It'll involve "hundreds" of interviews with people at the companies, the Post said. The review would be led by NASA's Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, which has conducted similar probes inside NASA.

He added that the "companies are responsible".

We are focused on safe and successful commercial crew missions to the International Space Station.

Both SpaceX and Boeing plan to launch their first unmanned flights of spacecraft that will eventually carry people to the ISS early in 2019, followed by the first crewed flights later in the year. Since then, the companies have faced setbacks and delays as they work to develop their spacecraft.

NASA has revealed the nine astronauts that will soon take to space aboard the Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Crew Dragon.

It also found that SpaceX is struggling with "difficulties and problems" with the spacecraft's parachute system.

Given the problems both companies are facing, the panel concluded their schedules to fly crews "have considerable risk and do not appear achievable given the number of technical issues yet to be resolved". "We couldn't be more proud of all that we have already accomplished together with NASA, and we look forward to returning human spaceflight capabilities to the United States", it said in the statement. John Mulholland, vice president and program manager for Boeing's Commercial Crew effort, explained that the earliest the company can "confidently" do a manned flight test will be in mid-2019. The January test launch is important in making sure the crew is safe when that test flight eventually happens.



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