Published: Thu, November 22, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Elon Musk's SpaceX Under NASA Safety Review After That Famously Dank Podcast

Elon Musk's SpaceX Under NASA Safety Review After That Famously Dank Podcast

"We need to show the American public that when we put an astronaut on a rocket, they'll be safe".

Nasa didn't explicitly blame its "cultural assessment study" on Musk's joint (or his drinking whiskey), although it did say it would encompass "adherence to a drug-free environment".

'If I see something that's inappropriate, the key concern to me is what is the culture that led to that inappropriateness and is NASA involved in that, ' Bridenstine told the Washington Post. Boeing has also been placed under review with NASA citing general safety concerns.

The company added it "actively promotes workplace safety, and we are confident that our comprehensive drug-free workforce and workplace programs exceed all applicable contractual requirements".

SpaceX told the Post in a statement that it takes the responsibility of safety seriously.

"Anything that would result in some questioning the culture of safety, we need to fix immediately", he said. 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. "Our commitment has always been to provide NASA and those crews the highest level of mission assurance", he said in an August statement.

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These launches also allowed for the construction of the International Space Station - the largest structure in space, that's now home to a revolving crew of astronauts from all around the world, conducting important experiments that continue to advance our knowledge of the cosmos. The companies both have multi-billion dollar contracts to take astronauts to the ISS, and both haven't proven the most trustworthy of late. Between the two flights, Boeing will perform a pad abort test.

SpaceX is planning to launch an uncrewed Crew Dragon to the space station by as early as next January, and if no further technical or logistical delays are encountered, that flight seem likely to go ahead even if the safety review isn't completed by that time. 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.

Business Insider contacted NASA, SpaceX, and Boeing for comment.

Boeing said in an emailed statement that it was committed to mission success as NASA's partner, while ensuring the integrity, safety and quality of its products, its people and their work environment.

Two months ago, Musk agreed to step down as chairman of Tesla and pay a $20 million fine as part of a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which had charged that he lied to investors when he tweeted that he had "funding secured" to take the electric car-company private.

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