After SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's puff of marijuana on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast this summer, NASA officials are looking for the flames.
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".
But three NASA officials with knowledge of the probe told The Washington Post, which first reported news of the impending reviews, that they are being undertaken in response to Musk's herbal indulgence on the podcast.
"We look at it in terms of, 'Could I work extra shifts or put extra people on it?'" said John Mulholland, vice president and program manager for commercial programs at Boeing's space exploration unit, about accelerating development of its vehicle at ISPCS. 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.
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"Anything that would result in some questioning the culture of safety, we need to fix immediately", he added.
Both companies were supposed to fly test flights in August with the hope of launching astronauts before the end of 2018, but both firms have had setbacks.
SpaceX said it actively promoted a safe work environment. He's already gotten in hot water over Tesla drama, including tweeting his intention to take the stock private, and his pot smoking adventure appears to have made things worse.
To address this issue, NASA awarded contracts worth $4.2 billion and $2.6 billion to Boeing and SpaceX respectively in 2014 as part of its Commercial Crew Program-which is created to fly astronauts to the ISS. Boeing still needs to test the heat shields and parachute systems of its spacecraft and address the potential for propellant leakage during the emergency abort process. John Mulholland, vice president and program manager for Boeing's Commercial Crew effort, explained that the earliest the company can "confidently" do a manned flight test will be in mid-2019.
SpaceX's future success has become integral to the future of NASA, especially in light of the recent certification of its Falcon 9 rocket to be designated as a Category 3 Launch vehicle. The test flight will also check out other on-orbit, docking, and landing operations, plus ground support systems.