Elon Musk's Pot-Smoking Podcast Prompts NASA to Review SpaceX and Boeing

Elon Musk smoking weed live on the web during a podcast with comedian Joe Rogan

It will be the first launch of an astronaut carrying capable capsule from American soil since the retirement of the space shuttles in 2011.

After flight-testing both companies will conduct tests on the evacuation of spacecraft to demonstrate the possibility of exit from the apparatus.

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", said the Washington Post, which first reported on the story. The investigation is also expected to have hundreds of interviews from employees at every level. During the final phase of the program, NASA has entered into contracts for the transportation of astronauts from SpaceX, which is developing the spacecraft Crew Dragon, and Boeing, which is developing the CTS-100 Cockpit. NASA Investigates SpaceX, Boeing While the US space agency did not specifically say that the stunt, which happened when the billionaire appeared on a podcast with Joe Rogan, was the reason behind the review.

The first of the bunch to fly to outer space is the Crew Dragon, which is scheduled to take off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on January 7. "We fully expect our commercial partners to meet all workplace safety requirements in the execution of our missions and the services they provide the American people", said the agency in a statement. "As always, NASA will ensure they do so".

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NASA is now in the process of reviewing SpaceX, and they're not up to check for minor issues at the SpaceX HQ, but they are planning to interview hundreds of employees of the Musk's company.

Boeing also issued a similar press release saying, "The culture at Boeing ensures the integrity, safety and quality of our products, our people and their work environments".

The robotic cargo version of Dragon has been flying uncrewed resupply missions to the ISS since 2010, under a separate SpaceX contract with NASA. Space X said that there is nothing more important than that for the company. Currently, the Russian Soyuz spacecraft is the only option for ISS-bound astronauts and comes with an $80 million price tag per seat. SpaceX's contract is worth approximately $2.6 billion, while Boeing's is worth up to $4.2 billion.

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