According to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, Elon Musk does not intend to smoke a joint on the video podcast of a famous comedian. S addressing reporters at NASA's headquarters in Washington, DC, Bridenstine said, "You will not see" Musk publicly smokes marijuana or drinks alcohol, as he has been seen The Joe Rogan experience back in September. Bridenstine's comments were reported earlier this afternoon by L & # 39; Atlantic.
"I will tell you that it was not helpful, and that it did not inspire trust, and leaders of these organizations should take this as an example of what to do when you run an organization that will launch American astronauts, "said Bridenstine at L & # 39; Atlantic & # 39;s report. "I'll tell you, he's as committed to safety as anyone and he understands that it's not appropriate behavior, and you'll never see him again."
Bridenstine personally commissioned a review of Boeing and Musk's SpaceX workplace culture and safety earlier this month. NASA has asked NASA to provide passengers with a spacecraft to transport astronauts from US soil to the International Space Station. The first test flights are scheduled for next year. The contract represents a combined $ 6.8 billion and stipulates that the two companies "maintain a program to create a workforce without drugs or alcohol."
According to Mr. Bridenstine, these examinations are an insurance measure to prevent both companies from being exposed to accidents that could lead to the death of astronauts for reasons of safety, stress and long hours of work. According to Bridenstine, all these potential problems have become a concern for NASA after the use of marijuana on camera in front of the camera, as well as a very public and transparent confession from the CEO that he was working hard hours and was pushing himself to the extreme, at its electric car manufacturer Tesla. .
However, he told the group of journalists that the assessment of culture and safety at the workplace was on his agenda before Musk smoked grass with Rogan. Marijuana is now legal in California, where Rogan is filming his podcast, but Birdenstine is more concerned about drugs such as cocaine and opiate use that could seriously affect the judgment and work performance of Boeing and SpaceX employees.
Bridenstine cites disasters such as the Apollo 1 fire in 1967 and the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle explosions in 1986 and 2003, respectively. "Each of these accidents has had a number of complications. Of course, technology was an important element. [But] The other question that always comes up is: what was NASA's culture? ", did he declare. "What was the culture of our subcontractors and were there people who waved a red flag that we did not listen to and which ultimately contributed to failure and disaster?"
Instead of waiting for an incident to happen, NASA now wants to review the workplace culture of its subcontractors, Bridenstine told reporters. "We want to go ahead. We want to see, right now, today, that they are under pressure due to timing, costs, and that these concerns are questioning their thinking process in a way that could be dangerous?