NASA will launch an extensive "security review" of operations and workplace culture in SpaceX and Boeing-two companies, the space agency has commissioned flights to the International Space Station (ISS).
According to And Washington Post, three officers revealed information about the investigation that it was published due to the recent behavior of Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, and smoking marijuana and drinking whiskey on "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast. Although many could see his actions relatively harmless, top NASA officials were unhappy with Musk.
NASA refused to comment on what was triggered by the review, but said a spokesman that he would ensure that the companies met the space agency's requirements for workplace safety, including adhere to the "drug-free environment ".
The crew – who starts next year – will take months to complete and will include interviews with hundreds of employees in order to assess the culture in both workplaces, according NASA.
William Gerstenmaier, space agency link administrator said for human exploration Y Post the review would examine "everything and anything that could affect security" in SpaceX and Boeing.
Meanwhile, NASA's administrator Jim Bridenstine expressed confidence in the SpaceX team, but said that workplace culture starts "at the top", adding that the space agency must ensure that the public confidence in the safety of its human space lighting program – which is due to start next year.
"If I see something that is inappropriate, the main concern for me is what culture has led to that inappropriateness and NASA is associated with that," he said Y Post. "As an agency we are not ourselves, but also our contractors. We need to show the public in America when we put a rocket star, they will be safe . "
In a statement that responds to the review announcement, SpaceX said: "Human space areas are the core mission of our company. There is nothing more important for SpaceX than this effort, and we are Take seriously the responsibility NASA has trusted to maintain American stones safely and reliably to and from the International Space Station. "
The company added that it actively promoted safety in the workplace and was confident that its workforce and non-drug workplace programs "exceeded all the relevant contractual requirements."
Boeing also emphasized that his workplace culture had secured "integrity, security and quality" of his products, in a statement provided to AFP.
"As a reliable NASA partner since the start of the human space window, we share the same values and we are committed to continuing a legacy of the success of trust, openness and mission."
Since the retirement of the space shuttle program in 2011, the U.S. has been left without any means to cast an ISS spell. Instead, he must rely on using the Soyuz Russian spacecraft at a cost of $ 80 million per astronaut.
To address this issue, NASA awarded $ 4.2 billion worth and $ 2.6 billion to Boeing and SpaceX respectively in 2014 as part of a Commercial Crew Program – which is have planned to fly rockers to the ISS.
Despite many disadvantages and delays for both companies, Boeing and SpaceX are hoping to maintain human lighting, using the spacecraft that will be launching for the ISS, in mid-2019.