NASA revealed that they would launch a safety review for both Boeing and SpaceX just ahead of the test flights. The probe has to make sure that the space exploration companies adhere to NASA’s stringent work safety requirements.
“In the coming months, before the crew test flights of Crew Dragon and Starliner, NASA will be conducting a cultural assessment study in coordination with our commercial partners to ensure the companies are meeting NASA’s requirements for workplace safety, including the adherence to a drug-free environment,” said the NASA statement.
The statement continues and explains that “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. As always, NASA will ensure they do so.”
Many voices have been recently speculating that some of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s behavior may have prompted this review. These rumors come from a piece by The Washington Post which cited three officials who have reportedly been displeased with certain recent events surrounding the CEO.
SpaceX and Boeing highlight the importance of workplace safety
In a recent statement, SpaceX said that this human spaceflight is the company’s core mission and they have been working with NASA for many years in order to be able to promote workplace safety.
The company said that there is nothing more important to SpaceX than this and they are taking extremely seriously the responsibilities that NASA entrusted in them to carry safely American astronauts to and from the ISS.
SpaceX also said that they are confident the comprehensive drug-free workforce and workplace programs exceed all contractual requirements.
Boeing has also released its very own statement in which addresses the upcoming probe and highlights the drug and alcohol-free work environment.
Back in August, NASA revealed its schedule for its much-awaited Commercial Crew Program that is set to see the first Boeing crewed flight in mid-2019 and the SpaceX one as early as April 2019.
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