Published: Sat, November 24, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Elon Musk Smoking Weed, NASA Investigation SpaceX Project

Elon Musk Smoking Weed, NASA Investigation SpaceX Project

Crew Dragon will lift off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which also served as the jumping-off point for Apollo moon missions and space shuttle flights over the years. It also noted progress on the part of both companies.

Now, NASA is planning to review the workplace culture of Musk's other darling, SpaceX, because some senior NASA officials didn't like the look of Musk indulging in the devil's lettuce.

In 2014, SpaceX and Boeing were awarded contracts to work with NASA and build separate capsules to launch astronauts to the space station.

USA space agency NASA has ordered reviews of workplace safety at two of its major companies it has hired to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine seems to admit that the inquiry is more about aesthetics than actual safety concerns, voicing "a lot of confidence" in the SpaceX team arguing that the agency needs to intervene if the company gives the impression of a casual safety culture.

Kiichiro Sato  AP FILETesla CEO and founder of the Boring Company Elon Musk speaks at a news conference in Chicago
Kiichiro Sato AP FILETesla CEO and founder of the Boring Company Elon Musk speaks at a news conference in Chicago

The program is behind schedule, with NASA having previously pointed fingers at both companies, which it plans to subject to safety reviews next year.

Aerospace giant Boeing, which has a $4.2 billion contract under the same commercial crew program, said in a statement, "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". However, a spokesperson for the government told The Washington Post that the investigation hopes to make sure that both private spaceflight companies adhere to NASA's requirements for workplace safety, including having a drug-free environment. "As always, NASA will ensure they do so".

Boeing said in a statement that its corporate culture "ensures the integrity, safety and quality of our products, our people and their work environment". The capsules would replace trips on Russian rockets, which the US has purchased since the space shuttle's retirement in 2011.

SpaceX is building the Crew Dragon under a $2.6 billion contract.

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