NASA is now organizing a safety review of SpaceX, a private aerospace company founded by Musk. Musk is a brilliant guy, but he also likes to push the envelope in ways that tend to worry those he does business with.
A NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs has not commented on this information, but made a statement that the USA space Agency "will make sure that companies meet the requirements of NASA's safety in the workplace, including the commitment to the environment without drugs".
NASA is now working with both companies to develop spacecrafts that will take its astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS).
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"There is nothing more important to SpaceX than this endeavor", the company said. "Anything that would result in some questioning the culture of safety, we need to fix immediately".
A SpaceX rocket tailored to fly astronauts to the International Space Station is set to liftoff from Kennedy Space Center in Florida for its first flight on January 7, NASA said Wednesday.
"We are confident that our comprehensive drug-free workforce and workplace programs exceed all applicable contractual requirements", the company added.
Boeing said it's committed to continuing a legacy of trust, openness and mission success with NASA.
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According to the Post, both companies will undergo hundreds of interviews with employees at various levels, which will help NASA gauge whether those companies are truly capable of carrying out their upcoming manned spaceflights, which will be the first to launch from the United States since the retirement of NASA's Space Shuttle program. So far it has launched 18 times - tying its record from past year - and says it is getting close to launching NASA's astronauts.
"The culture at Boeing ensures the integrity, safety and quality of our products, our people and their work environment", said a Boeing spokesperson in a statement.
In 2014, SpaceX and Boeing were awarded contracts to work with NASA and build separate capsules to launch astronauts to the space station. "Clearly crew can not be risked without complete confidence in the parachute design", the panel found.
The Falcon 9 booster will blast off from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A, which has a new crew access arm installed on the launch tower for eventual manned missions.
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After SpaceX, Boeing's Starliner will begin its unmanned test flights in March 2019 to be followed by a crewed flight in August 2019.