1st SpaceX Rocket Launch With Crew Capsule Set for January

22 November, 2018, 04:15 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • 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 has ordered a safety review of SpaceX and Boeing after agency leaders saw SpaceX CEO Elon Musk smoke pot with Joe Rogan on his podcast, The Washington Post is reporting.

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".

Musk's puff of a marijuana blunt during a podcast reportedly has prompted a safety review of SpaceX by NASA.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told The Post that it's important the public has confidence in the companies NASA contracts as suppliers, especially since SpaceX and Boeing are gearing up for their first flights with astronauts aboard.

SpaceX and Boeing each have contracts with NASA to ferry astronauts to and from the space station. Bridenstein said. "As an agency we're not just leading ourselves, but our contractors, as well". Now, four years later, SpaceX is at the forefront of re-usable, cost-effective rocket technology and may even beat NASA when it comes to bringing humans to the Red Planet. "Anything that would result in some questioning the culture of safety, we need to fix immediately". It also noted progress on the part of both companies. "Our commitment has always been to provide NASA and those crews the highest level of mission assurance", he said in an August statement.

SpaceX, meanwhile, reiterated in a statement to the newspaper that "human spaceflight is the core mission of our company". SpaceX grabbed $2.6 billion from NASA for the program, while the remainder went to Boeing.

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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.

"Is the culture reflective of an environment that builds quality spacecraft", Gerstenmaier said.

Both companies claim they will launch uncrewed flights of their new rockets early next year and crewed flights later in the year. "Current projected schedules for uncrewed and crewed test flights for both providers have considerable risk and do not appear achievable", said Patricia Sanders, chair of NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), of the commercial crew program during an October 11 meeting of the committee. "If they see something, they'll take action".

The most recent Soyuz crew launch toward the ISS, on October 11, had to be aborted after the rocket experienced problems about 2 minutes into flight.

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

SpaceX also is having problems with its parachute system.


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