SpaceX said in a statement that it took seriously its responsibility to carry NASA astronauts to the ISS and that its engineers had worked side by side with NASA for years to develop its Crew Dragon astronaut capsule. The U.S. space agency promises a thorough and "invasive" investigation on employee work hours, leadership and management styles, the responsiveness of both companies to safety concerns, and of course, drug policies.
Mr. Musk, who is also at the helm of electric-car maker Tesla, Inc.as CEO, has been under the spotlight throughout the year for bad reasons, including calling a British diver who led the Thailand cave rescue mission a 'pedo guy', and his August 7 tweets saying he was 'considering taking Tesla private at $420'.
NASA is going to review the safety practices of SpaceX next year, and The Washington Post reports that this is because of "the recent behavior" of founder Elon Musk, specifically when he smoked weed and drank whiskey on the Joe Roganpodcast in September. According to interlocutors of the edition, after the appearance of Smoking Mask the transfer of some senior NASA representatives attended internal culture in both companies, which were selected to deliver astronauts to the ISS.
SpaceX and Boeing are contracted with NASA for a variety of space-based missions which include supply runs to the International Space Station, and construction of the new CST-100 Starliner pod and Crew Dragon spacecraft.
"The culture at Boeing ensures the integrity, safety and quality of our products, our people and their work environment", Boeing said in a statement.
While NASA did not detail the flight path, it said the test would provide data on the performance of the Falcon 9, the Crew Dragon capsule and ground systems, and on-orbit, docking and landing operations.
"Human spaceflight is the core mission of our company".
Boeing said it's committed to continuing a legacy of trust, openness and mission success with NASA. It is unclear if Musk has a government security clearance from SpaceX's contract with NASA.
Starliner will fly atop United Launch Alliance Atlas V rockets for the foreseeable future.