NASA launching safety review of SpaceX because Elon Musk smoked pot

  • NASA launching safety review of SpaceX because Elon Musk smoked pot

NASA launching safety review of SpaceX because Elon Musk smoked pot

The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Tuesday made a decision to conduct an extensive safety review of SpaceX and Boeing, after SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk publicly smoked marijuana during an interview.

While it's perfectly legal to dabble with Puff the magic dragon in California, when you're a multi-billionaire and CEO of two companies people tend to ask questions.

Outside of ensuring SpaceX employees and management figures don't turn up to work while blitzed, the review will look into the working hours of staff, whether safety complaints are taken seriously, and the overall culture fostered at the venture.

The review, first reported November 20 by the Washington Post, will start early next year and last for several months, and will include extensive interviews with personnel at both companies to examine how they implement cultures of workplace safety, rather than technical issues regarding the crewed spacecraft the companies are developing. Now, Nasa says it will review the workplace safety culture at two companies, including Musk's SpaceX, that were chosen to fly astronauts. Musk partook of the substance on video during an appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, during which time he was filmed in September smoking cannabis and drinking whiskey. Although only SpaceX is run by Elon, both companies are contractors of Nasa. Commenting on Musk's behavior, NASA administrator Jim Birdenstine told interviewers that, while he has confidence in the team at SpaceX, "culture and leadership start at the top".

The spaceships aim to restore USA capacity to send astronauts to space. However, according to the report, the review was prompted by an interview Musk did earlier this year during which he briefly smoked marijuana. "Anything that would result in some questioning the culture of safety, we need to fix immediately".

Meanwhile, Boeing said that it "ensures the integrity, safety and quality of our products, our people and their work environment".

SpaceX said in a statement that "human spaceflight is the core mission of our company".

"As NASA's trusted partner since the beginning of human spaceflight, we share the same values and are committed to continuing our legacy of trust, openness and mission success". 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.