MOSCOW, November 20. / Tass /. The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to inspect SpaceX and Boeing companies to evaluate their attitude to safety before they take part in astronaut shipments to the International Space Station (ISS). As reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday, citing sources, the decision was also made against the background of a case in which SpaceX's chief Ilon Musk smoked, allegedly, marijuana during an interview on an Internet program in September.
It should be noted that the test will begin next year, experts will study "anything that can affect security." According to the interlocutors of the publication, after the emergence of smoke masks in an online program, several high-ranking NASA representatives attended internal cultures in the two companies, which were chosen to deliver astronauts to the ISS. NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs did not comment on this information, but said that the US space agency "will ensure that the company meets NASA's workplace safety requirements, including a commitment to a drug-free environment."
"We have to show the American public that when we send astronauts into space, they are safe," NASA director Jim Brydenstein said, in turn.
The heads of SpaceX and Tesla faced criticism from the public and investors after, during an interview for one of the internet shows on camera, he smoked, allegedly, marijuana and drank whiskey.
It is expected that by 2019, ISS will begin the mission of a manned spacecraft developed by SpaceX and Boeing. These and other companies rely on long-term partnerships with NASA, providing contracts both to service the ISS and for deep space exploration, as well as for Moon colonization and landing expeditions to Mars, which are planned for the 2030s.