In separate interviews with Politico, SpaceX and Boeing both confirmed the reports. The federal space agency paid the company $5 million to conduct a "workplace culture" review, partly to make sure SpaceX employees "are following strict guidelines for federal contractors barring illegal drug use". But it all goes back to Musk smoking that weed for all the world to see.
The review reportedly includes education and enforcement initiatives created to prevent illegal drug-use by SpaceX employees.
After the incident that was viewed by almost 90,000 people who tuned into the live-streaming podcast, NASA ordered a review of the SpaceX workplace and culture to make sure that none of the employees at the commercial space company were doing drugs. Meanwhile, NASA ordered Boeing, SpaceX's competitor, to complete the same safety review - and to foot the bill with no help from NASA.More news: Toyota announces serial-ready electric compact
Space strategist Pete Garrettson, a recently retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, told Politico that the incident brings up a few issues. "'If I was Boeing, I also would have said, 'Why am I being punished without the same compensation?"'
One explanation could be that the aerospace company does not want to answer the question of why the Commercial Crew Program costs are so much higher than those of SpaceX - $1.7 billion more, to be precise. Boeing is carrying out the review under its current contract which includes additional costs of conducting interviews with employees. The budget was in addition to the $2.6 billion contract originally awarded to SpaceX.
NASA said that it's "standard practice" to give a company additional money for work not included in the original contract. A NASA spokesperson told Politico that "after discussions with Boeing...we decided we wouldn't pursue a contract modification to carry out the assessment that's underway".More news: Chile protests continue despite government U-turn on fare hike
"The foundation of NASA ever giving SpaceX preferential therapy over Boeing is simply snicker-inducing to industry insiders". At every step of the way Boeing got more [money] in the [Commercial Crew development] program. Far, far more than $7.3 million. "Even discussing $5 million in this context is silly", Greg Autry, a College of Southern California professor who served on the Trump administration's NASA transition workforce, informed POLITICO.
Read Bloomberg's full story here.More news: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry to spend Archie's first Thanksgiving in LA