I will tell you, he is as committed to safety as anybody, and he understands that was not appropriate behaviour, says Jim Bridenstine (Photo: File)
SpaceX founder Elon Musk will not be smoking weed in public again, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has said. “I will tell you that was not helpful, and that did not inspire confidence, and the leaders of these organizations need to take that as an example of what to do when you lead an organization that’s going to launch American astronauts,” Bridenstine said during a meeting with reporters, according to The Atlantic.
I have spoken with Musk. We have had a number of conversations and he does not want NASA contractors to be engaged in a questionable behaviour, Bridenstine said.
"I will tell you, he is as committed to safety as anybody, and he understands that was not appropriate behaviour, and you won't be seeing that again," Bridenstine told reporters at NASA headquarters in Washington on Thursday.
SpaceX — which was founded by Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space travel costs and enabling the human colonization of Mars in a statement said, “actively promotes workplace safety, and we are confident that our comprehensive drug-free workforce and workplace programs exceed all applicable contractual requirements.”
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NASA along with Musk's SpaceX and Boeing is developing transportation systems that would allow the US to fly astronauts from American soil for the first time since the space shuttle was retired in 2011.
On Thursday, Bridenstine said he personally ordered the reviews.
He attributed his decision to several tragedies in NASA history, including the Apollo 1 fire in 1967, when three astronauts were killed during a ground test, and the two space-shuttle disasters (Challenger in 1986 and Columbia in 2003), which together killed 14 people.
A spokesperson for SpaceX declined to comment on Bridenstine's remarks, the report said.
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