Published: Thu, November 22, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

NASA to review workplace safety culture at SpaceX, Boeing

NASA to review workplace safety culture at SpaceX, Boeing

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have been selected to take part in the Crew Dragon test flight.

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. The Air Force also reportedly looked into Musk's behavior.

On Monday, Musk tweeted that SpaceX would be changing the name of its upcoming commercial space vehicle to Starship, which Bridenstine retweeted.

And don't forget the defamation lawsuit filed against him by a rescue volunteer working to save children caught in a Thai cave, who Musk called a "pedo" and "child rapist". The volunteer has sued Musk for defamation. "Our commitment has always been to provide NASA and those crews the highest level of mission assurance", he said in an August statement. NASA has ordered a safety review of SpaceX and Boeing to evaluate the cultures of both companies.

SpaceX said it actively promoted a safe work environment.

First reported by The Washington Post, the space agency is looking at a months-long review to understand and evalute the workplace culture of two of its most prominent contractors.

He added that the "companies are responsible".

The comments at both the ASAP meeting and the conference took place hours after the Soyuz MS-10 launch abort, which at the time appeared to threaten a gap in access to the ISS.

The review comes as the companies are working toward flying crewed missions from US soil for the first time since the space shuttle was retired seven years ago. SpaceX grabbed $2.6 billion from NASA for the program, while the remainder went to Boeing. Boeing still needs to test the heat shields and parachute systems of its spacecraft and address the potential for propellant leakage during the emergency abort process. The test flight will also check out other on-orbit, docking, and landing operations, plus ground support systems. "Clearly crew can not be risked without complete confidence in the parachute design", the panel found. "Current projected schedules for uncrewed and crewed test flights for both providers have considerable risk and do not appear achievable", said Patricia Sanders, chair of NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), of the commercial crew program during an October 11 meeting of the committee. Whether the safety reviews will affect those schedules is unclear. A week later, on December 4, a Falcon 9 will take thousands of pounds of cargo and science experiments to the ISS, launching from Cape Canaveral at 1:38 p.m.

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