NASA is launching Workplace Safety review for two of its companies SpaceX and Boeing which are hired to sent Astronauts to the International Space Station. The decision comes afterSpaceX CEO Elon Musk seen smoking Marijuana in a video. The review will begin next year and require hundreds of interviews, it is not clear whether the inquires will delay the launching procedure of vehicles which were supposed to take place next year.
The review would look at both Boeing and SpaceX, the companies under contract to fly NASA’s astronauts, and examine “everything and anything that could impact safety” as the companies prepare to fly humans for the first time, William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for human exploration, said in an interview with The Washington Post.
Musk smoked marijuana on Joe Rogan’s podcast in September after this event the controversies rise numerous headlines. The podcast was recorded at California where recreational marijuana is legal while SpaceX is the main launch provider for both the NASA and the US military.
“Human spaceflight is the core mission of our company,” SpaceX said in a statement. “There is nothing more important to SpaceX than this endeavor, and we take seriously the responsibility that NASA has entrusted in us to safely and reliably carry American astronauts to and from the International Space Station.” The company also added: “SpaceX actively promotes workplace safety and we are confident that our comprehensive drug-free workforce and workplace programs exceed all applicable contractual requirements.”
Both SpaceX and Boeing are the main contractors for NASA, Boeing was the first manufacturer to build the International space station. Currently, they are building NASA’s next deep-space rocket, the Space Launch System. After the safety review decision both the companies claim that safety is their first priority.
“The culture at Boeing ensures the integrity, safety and quality of our products, our people and their work environment,” Boeing said. “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.”
Boeing also said that they promote a Drug and Alcohol-free workplace, and will cooperate in conducting safety reviews.