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NASA to review workplace culture at SpaceX, Boeing



FILE PHOTO: Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk participates in a “fireside chat” at the National League of Cities (NLC) 2018 City Summit in Los Angeles, California, U.S. November 8, 2018. REUTERS/Kyle Grillot/File Photo

(Reuters) – The U.S. space agency said on Tuesday it would review the workplace culture at SpaceX and Boeing Co (BA.N), as the two companies gear up to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.

The Washington Post, which first reported here the development, said the review was prompted by the recent behavior of SpaceX’s founder Elon Musk, who was filmed drinking whiskey and briefly smoking marijuana during a live podcast in September.

The agency said it will conduct a cultural assessment study of the companies “including the adherence to a drug-free environment”, prior to the crew test flights in the coming months.

“We fully expect our commercial partners to meet all workplace safety requirements in the execution of our missions.”

SpaceX and Boeing are the two main contractors selected under the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) commercial crew program to send astronauts to space as soon as 2019, using their Dragon and Starliner spacecraft respectively.

Boeing said it was committed to mission success as NASA’s partner, while ensuring integrity, safety and quality of its products, its people and their work environment.

SpaceX was not immediately available for comment.

Reporting by Joey Roulette in Orlando, Florida and Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila