Elon Musk's astronautical baby SpaceX will be the subject of an official safety probe by NASA, following the founder's famous joint-smoking, whisky-sipping podcast appearance.
In an advisory sent to media Wednesday, NASA confirmed that SpaceX is targeting January 7, 2019 to test its Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft that will take astronauts to space next summer if current schedules hold.
Meanwhile, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine expressed his confidence in the SpaceX team, but said that workplace culture starts "at the top", adding that the space agency had to ensure the public had confidence in the safety of its human spaceflight program-which is due to start next year.
"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.
Boeing said in a statement to Business Insider: "The culture at Boeing ensures the integrity, safety, and quality of our products, our people and their work environment". That will mark almost eight years since the last crewed mission took flight from USA soil on board Space Shuttle Atlantis.
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If all goes well, SpaceX will be able to send astronauts to the International Space Station.
A NASA spokesperson declined to say what specifically prompted the reviews.
The first of those, labeled SSO-A, is slated to launch from Vandenberg no earlier than November 27 and will mark the first time the company attempts to fly the same booster three times. It blamed technical issues for delays and warned that an unrealistic schedule could put crews at risk. SpaceX said it has made real progress in the development of the version of its Dragon spacecraft that is created to fly humans.
This will be the first test flight for the commercial crew program at NASA.
SpaceX and Boeing's first Commercial Crew flight tests will be led by astronauts: Eric Boe, Chris Ferguson, Nicole Aunapu Mann, Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley, Josh Cassada, Suni Williams, Victor Glover, and Mike Hopkins.
The things Musk was saying were not enough to raise any flags at NASA - after all, it wasn't anything he hadn't said before - but the things he was doing during the live show were another matter.