NASA Launching Safety Review Of SpaceX After Elon Musk Smokes Pot

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

Now, Nasa says it will review the workplace safety culture at two companies, including Musk's SpaceX, that were chosen to fly astronauts.

The review was prompted by SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk after he puffed on a joint and drank whiskey during an online podcast with Joe Rogan in September, according to three officials familiar with the probe.

NASA's Commercial Crew Program is working with the American aerospace industry through a public-private partnership to launch astronauts on American rockets and spacecraft from American soil for the first time since 2011.

NASA's program established to help commercial companies deliver astronauts to the ISS, known as Commercial Crew, also selected Boeing as part of its $6.8 billion first round.

SpaceX said in a statement that it took seriously its responsibility to carry NASA astronauts to the ISS and that its engineers had worked side by side with NASA for years to develop its Crew Dragon astronaut capsule.

For SpaceX's crewed test flight, NASA assigned Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, both members of several Endeavour and Atlantis missions. Bridenstine said. "As an agency, we're not just leading ourselves, but our contractors as well".

The company "ensures the integrity, safety and quality of our products, our people and their work environment".

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said the firm wants to ensure that the public has faith in its programme to fly ordinary human beings into space.

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In a statement, SpaceX told Business Insider: "Human spaceflight is the core mission of our company".

NASA did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

SpaceX also is having problems with its parachute system.

Those technical issues are separate from the safety review. Pad abort tests will follow, and in August 2019 the first crewed mission of Boeing's capsule is scheduled. The first crewed test flight of the capsule, known as Demo-2, is now targeted for June 2019; an in-flight "abort test" that proves out Crew Dragon's emergency-escape systems will take place between the two demonstration missions, NASA officials said in today's update.

According to the NASA official, the process could be "pretty invasive" with the potential for hundreds of interviews with employees at every level and across all locations where the companies operate.

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