The space research giant NASA has recently ordered a safety check review of the two companies it has signed a contract with to fly humans to space. The safety check review could take up to a month and is going to involve as many as hundreds of reviews to check the culture of the workplace.
According to a report by The Washington Post, William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for human exploration, said in an interview to The Washington Post that NASA would start the safety check review next year. It would review Boeing and SpaceX. The two companies have signed a contract with NASA to fly its astronauts.
According to some officials of high rank at NASA, the safety checks review is prompted by the incident where Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of SpaceX, was consuming marijuana with whisky on a podcast aired on the Internet.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine talked to The Washington Post about this review and said, “If I see something that’s inappropriate, the key concern to me is what is the culture that led to that inappropriateness and is NASA involved in that. As an agency, we’re not just leading ourselves, but our contractors, as well. We need to show the American public that when we put an astronaut on a rocket, they’ll be safe. I have got a lot of confidence in the SpaceX team. Culture and leadership start at the top. Anything that would result in some questioning the culture of safety, we need to fix immediately.”
SpaceX, when asked about it’s reaction, released a statement. In the statement, SpaceX said, “Human spaceflight is the core mission of our company. There is nothing more important to SpaceX than this endeavour, and we take seriously the responsibility that NASA has entrusted in us to safely and reliably carry American astronauts to and from the International Space Station.” The company also added: “SpaceX actively promotes workplace safety and we are confident that our comprehensive drug-free workforce and workplace programs exceed all applicable contractual requirements.”