WASHINGTON POST: NASA to Launch Safety Review of SpaceX and Boeing Due to Workplace Culture Concerns
By Space Coast Daily // November 20, 2018
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WASHINGTON POST – NASA has ordered a safety review of the two companies it has hired to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, a months-long assessment that would involve hundreds of interviews designed to evaluate the culture of the workplaces, the agency said.
The review, to begin next year, would look at both Boeing and SpaceX, the companies under contract to fly NASA’s astronauts, and examine “everything and anything that could impact safety” as the companies prepare to fly humans for the first time, William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for human exploration, said in an interview with The Washington Post.
The review was prompted by the recent behavior of SpaceX’s founder, Elon Musk, according to three officials with knowledge of the probe, after he took a hit of marijuana and sipped whiskey on a podcast streamed on the Internet.
That rankled some at NASA’s highest levels and prompted the agency to take a close look at the culture of the companies, the people said.
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