Elon Musk smoking marijuana, drinking whiskey prompts NASA to review SpaceX workplace

Audrey Hill
November 24, 2018

NASA is now working with both companies to develop spacecrafts that will take its astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS).

The company noted that it has worked alongside NASA for years. While it's evident that Musk is a brilliant entrepreneur with some very ambitious visions and plans, it is also obvious that, on some occasions, his actions tend to worry his business partners.

As reported by the Washington Post, citing sources, the decision was made including the background of the case when the head of SpaceX Elon Musk smoked, presumably, marijuana during an interview on one of the Internet show in September. That rankled some at NASA's highest levels and prompted the agency to take a close look at the culture of the companies, the people said.

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

American Space Agency NASA will review the safety policies of NASA Boeing and Space X along with work culture.

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Boeing has encountered propulsion problems in the Starliner's abort system and is behind schedule on key tests while SpaceX faces "serious difficulties", according to the NASA Aerospace Advisory Panel, including concerns about high-pressure helium tanks used in the Falcon 9 booster and parachute issues with the Crew Dragon.

"Human spaceflight is the core mission of our company", SpaceX said in a statement.

The Jan.7 launching window announcement comes at the heel of NASA's statement saying that the agency will conduct an assessment study of the involved companies in terms of their respective adherence to a drug-free environment, among a few common factors. "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". "As always, NASA will ensure they do so". And SpaceX said it has made real progress in the development of the version of its Dragon spacecraft that is created to fly humans.

The Falcon 9 booster will blast off from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A, which has a new crew access arm installed on the launch tower for eventual manned missions. SpaceX will be up first, getting the Demo-1 uncrewed test date of January 7, 2019.

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