Elon Musk smokes pot. Nasa to review SpaceX workplace culture

Elon Musk smokes pot. Nasa to review SpaceX workplace culture

SpaceX's potential joint manned mission with NASA could go up in smoke after Elon Musk was featured in a video where he smoked marijuana. After SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's puff of marijuana on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast this summer, NASA officials are looking for the flames.

The sources confirmed that it is the recent behaviour of the SpaceX founder that triggered the investigation, which will "take a close look at the culture of the companies" and comprise of a months-long assessment and hundreds of interviews created to evaluate the culture of the workplaces.

In a November 21 statement, NASA said the Falcon 9 launch of the Crew Dragon spacecraft on a mission designated Demo-1 is scheduled for January 7 from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A, the former Apollo and shuttle pad that SpaceX has renovated to support launches of its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy vehicles, in particular crewed Falcon 9 missions.

"The culture at Boeing ensures the integrity, safety and quality of our products, our people and their work environment", a spokesman said in a statement.

Two months ago, Musk agreed to step down as chairman of Tesla and pay a $20 million fine as part of a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which had charged that he lied to investors when he tweeted that he had "funding secured" to take the electric car-company private. "We are confident that our comprehensive drug-free workforce and workplace programs exceed all applicable contractual requirements", SpaceX told Reuters. So far it has launched 18 times - tying its record from past year - and says it is getting close to launching NASA's astronauts.

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These launches also allowed for the construction of the International Space Station - the largest structure in space, that's now home to a revolving crew of astronauts from all around the world, conducting important experiments that continue to advance our knowledge of the cosmos. Since then, the companies have faced setbacks and delays as they work to develop their spacecraft.

The review, which will also target longtime NASA contractor Boeing, comes after several high-profile incidents which raised questions about Musk's leadership. "Clearly crew can not be risked without complete confidence in the parachute design", the panel found.

Those technical issues are separate from the safety review.

If that flight is successful, it will be followed in June by a crewed test flight, called Demo-2, where NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will fly the Crew Dragon to the ISS. The company's Crewed Flight Test, carrying NASA astronauts Eric Boe and Nicole Aunapu Mann along with Chris Ferguson, a Boeing test pilot and former NASA astronaut, is scheduled for August.

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