NASA to review workplace culture at SpaceX, Boeing

Published November 21, 2018, 8:00 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Reuters
(Reuters) – The U.S. space agency said on Tuesday it would review the workplace culture at SpaceX and Boeing Co (BA.N), as the two companies gear up to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.

NRG Energy President and CEO David Crane participates in the Washington Ideas Forum, in Washington October 29, 2014. The forum is held by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic magazine.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY/ MANILA BULLETIN)
NRG Energy President and CEO David Crane participates in the Washington Ideas Forum, in Washington October 29, 2014. The forum is held by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic magazine. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES – Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The Washington Post, which first reported here the development, said the review was prompted by the recent behavior of SpaceX’s founder Elon Musk, who was filmed drinking whiskey and briefly smoking marijuana during a live podcast in September.

The agency said it will conduct a cultural assessment study of the companies “including the adherence to a drug-free environment”, prior to the crew test flights in the coming months.

“We fully expect our commercial partners to meet all workplace safety requirements in the execution of our missions.”

SpaceX and Boeing are the two main contractors selected under the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) commercial crew program to send astronauts to space as soon as 2019, using their Dragon and Starliner spacecraft respectively.

Boeing said it was committed to mission success as NASA’s partner, while ensuring integrity, safety and quality of its products, its people and their work environment.

SpaceX was not immediately available for comment.

 
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