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NASA to review workplace safety culture at SpaceX, Boeing

U.S. space agency NASA said on Tuesday it would review the workplace safety culture at SpaceX and Boeing Co. It did not confirm if the review was prompted by SpaceX founder Elon Musk being filmed drinking whiskey and smoking marijuana during a recent live podcast.

NASA won't confirm if review is related to Elon Musks's whiskey-drinking and pot smoking on podcast

Astronauts assigned to the first test flights and missions of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon stand in front of the spacecraft in August. NASA says it will conduct a "cultural assessment study" of the companies, "including the adherence to a drug-free environment," prior to the crew test flights. (NASA)

U.S. space agency NASA said on Tuesday it would review the workplace safety culture at SpaceX and Boeing Co, as the two companies gear up to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said it would conduct a "cultural assessment study" of the companies, "including the adherence to a drug-free environment," prior to crew test flights scheduled to take place in the coming months.

"We fully expect our commercial partners to meet all workplace safety requirements in the execution of our missions," said NASA in a statement.

The Washington Post says the review was prompted by the recent behaviour of SpaceX's founder Elon Musk, who was filmed drinking whiskey and briefly smoking marijuana during a live podcast in September. (Joe Rogan/YouTube)

NASA did not give further details on the reasons behind the move, but the Washington Post, which first reported it, said the review was prompted by the recent behaviour of SpaceX's founder Elon Musk, who was filmed drinking whiskey and briefly smoking marijuana during a live podcast in September.

SpaceX and Boeing are the two main contractors selected under NASA's commercial crew program to send astronauts to space as soon as 2019, using their Dragon and Starliner spacecraft respectively.

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

Boeing said in an emailed statement that it was committed to mission success as NASA's partner, while ensuring the integrity, safety and quality of its products, its people and their work environment.

SpaceX said it actively promoted a safe work environment.

"We are confident that our comprehensive drug-free workforce and workplace programs exceed all applicable contractual requirements," SpaceX said in a statement sent to Reuters.