NASA investigates SpaceX because Elon Musk smoked weed

The recent behavior of SpaceX founder Elon Musk has rankled some at NASA’s highest levels and prompted the agency to take a close look at the culture of SpaceX and Boeing people familiar with the matter said

NASA starts SpaceX safety probe after Musk concerns

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.

Elon Musk during a TED talk, April 2017.

The review, set to begin next year, will examine "everything and anything that could impact safety", a NASA associate administrator told The Post. That happened over two months ago, though.

On August 3, 2018, NASA revealed the nine astronauts that will soon take to space aboard the Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Crew Dragon, to pioneer a 'new era in American spaceflight'.

Despite the recent incident, NASA has worked with Musk for years, with SpaceX having already flown 14 resupply missions to the ISS.

The company added that it actively promotes workplace safety and was confident its drug-free workforce and workplace programs "exceeded all applicable contractual requirements".

The review applies to Boeing as well.

Boeing also stressed that its workplace culture ensured the "integrity, safety and quality" of its products, in a statement provided to AFP. "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".

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The point of the review is to ensure the systems are as safe as possible.

In an advisory sent to media Wednesday, NASA confirmed that SpaceX is targeting January 7, 2019 to test its Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft that will take astronauts to space next summer if current schedules hold.

When proven reliable, Boeing and SpaceX would provide the taxi rides for our astronauts to the International Space Station.

Now, the space agency is stepping up efforts to bring crewed launches back home.

The things Musk was saying were not enough to raise any flags at NASA - after all, it wasn't anything he hadn't said before - but the things he was doing during the live show were another matter. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will carry the Crew Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The process for certifying the commercial crew system is separate, however.

Rather than focus on the safety of the actual rockets, the Post said that the review would look at the hours employees work, drug policies, leadership and management styles, and the responsiveness of both companies to safety concerns from employees.

The robotic cargo version of Dragon has been flying uncrewed resupply missions to the ISS since 2010, under a separate SpaceX contract with NASA.

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