NASA chief says Elon Musk won't be smoking joints publicly again

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, on November 29, 2108 in Washington
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, on November 29, 2108 in Washington

NASA chief Jim Bridenstine elaborated this week on the reasons why the US space agency launched a safety review of SpaceX and Boeing, which are building spaceships for astronauts, including their workplace culture and drug-free policies.

Although NASA initially declined to confirm media reports that the review was prompted by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's appearance on a filmed podcast in which he was smoking a joint, Bridenstine admitted Thursday, during a roundtable with reporters, it "was not helpful."

He added that he was the one who called for the review, announced November 20, of the two companies tasked with building the spacecraft that will enable Americans once again to send people to space—a capacity the US lost in 2011 with the retirement of the space shuttle program.

"We've had a number of conversations," Bridenstine was quoted as telling The Atlantic magazine.

"I will tell you, he (Musk) is as committed to safety as anybody, and he understands that that was not appropriate behavior, and you won't be seeing that again."

Speaking later to AFP, Bridenstine said the shows how seriously NASA takes the safety of its astronauts.

"The reality is, we're getting ready to launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil for the first time since 2011, and we want to make sure we have a cultural assessment, a safety assessment of each of our providers," he said.

"If you look back at the history of how, when accidents have occurred in the past, there has always been a safety assessment after the fact and it includes things like leadership and culture and safety of the organizations that are involved in the mission," he added.

"We didn't want to wait until after there's an accident, because we don't believe there's going to be an accident, but we wanted to make sure that we do that assessment early and not after the fact."

SpaceX has been a contractor for NASA since 2012, ferrying supplies to the International Space Station aboard its Dragon cargo ship.

Next year, SpaceX is preparing for the first flight of its Dragon crew capsule, with two on board, launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket.

An empty test flight is planned for January 7, 2019 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.


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Nov 30, 2018
What about all of the wall street traders who regularly use cocaine and hookers?

Nov 30, 2018
The funny thing is who has heard of this NASA chief and who has not heard of Elon Musk? I hope Elon Musk brushes him off as a insignificant meddling idiot (even if he is right).

Dec 01, 2018
What about all of the wall street traders who regularly use cocaine and hookers?


Maybe in the movies, but people who use cocaine regularly, no matter who they are, end up with really serious problems. Among them is unemployability.

I can tell you this from personal experience. I have no idea about hookers, but thats unlikely to matter to anyone except for spouses and paychecks.

Dec 01, 2018
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

Dec 01, 2018
Ah, I dunno... I really don't think this is unreasonable of him to request from Musk. (Full disclosure: I am an MBA holder who has no problem taking it easy with a drink or a joint now and then.) Intense engineering environments do need to maintain rigid discipline, so better that the leaders not appear publicly with pot or booze. Even if it doesn't influence "you," it does indeed influence others in the organization. And everyone needs to be on the same freq to avoid mishaps. I'm rooting hardcore for Musk and SpaceX but Bridenstine is being totally reasonable and reasonably respectful here.

Dec 01, 2018
Bridenstine is protecting NASA's brand more than anything else. At this point, Musk has almost nothing to do with the outcomes of day-to-day engineering at SpaceX. A chronically stoned or drunk Musk would have no effect on a SpaceX launch occurring at the same time.

And Musk will listen. The US government (NASA, Air Force, NRO) is the largest customer that SpaceX has (see https://www.space...ssions). SpaceX is still burning money faster than it is making it, and is still borrowing to cover operating costs.

KBK
Dec 01, 2018
If anyone here watched the show, and I did, Elon never smoked a joint.

What he did, is pulled the smoke into his mouth, and then without inhaling, he expelled it from his mouth.

Elon never 'smoked' that joint. Period.

He faked it, seriously. Watch the footage for yourself.

Yet no one ever mentions this or ever watched the show to see what actually went down.

Essentially, it's a publicity push to slam Elon, like it always is.

The smoke leaving his mouth is a small puff of intensely concentrated smoke which can only happen and be exhaled that way.... if it is held in the mouth and not inhaled into the lungs.

As soon as it is inhaled into the lungs the smoke density changes drastically. It's the reason why is is so difficult to fake smoking in the movies and they always have to cut the scene or fake it with CGI, or use a side shot with a hidden hose, and so on.

See it for yourself. Go find the video.

KBK
Dec 01, 2018
And when you see the video and know yourself, directly....that he did ~NOT~ smoke the joint...

... then you'll wonder just what the fucking bloody hell is going on out there, with all the Elon trashing and Manipulation in, of, and by the press.

Which then begs the question of why the fuck would NASA not recognize the sheer obviousness of the situation in the video, mention it.... and then clear this shit up?????

Pardon the expletives but this situation is off the deep end of reasonable behaviour or reasonable intelligent observation by the press, and anyone who came after that who is in an official position.

... then you'll wonder just what the fucking bloody hell is going on out there, with all the Elon trashing and Manipulation in, of, and by the press.


I think the press is just jumping on the bandwagon. I first started noticing it was when he went to work with Trump. And then an escalation when he realized it was a waste of his time trying to shine some light in septic tank sludge, and quit. Presumably, the first pissed off his green fans who saw it as him siding with the enemy, the second pissed off his Trump fans.

I like Elon but he has been erratic lately, to the point I figured he was either on drugs or having a manic episode or both. Hopefully he isn't having major trouble for his sake, but as far as engineering goes, I don't think it matters since he is more an ideas man and underlings do the work where errors will be caught. Not the best marking plan though.

Dec 02, 2018
Not the best marking plan though.


Not to say your wrong but I always question someone's credibility in a specific area, when they criticize a great man. Just what major product have you been know for marketing?

Dec 02, 2018
The US government (NASA, Air Force, NRO) is the largest customer that SpaceX has
The givt did much business with Hughes Aircraft even though howard was addicted to pain killers and sedatives.
I like Elon but he has been erratic lately
Naw I think his PR people are building him a persona. Good for convincing them to accept risky ventures like mars trips. Same with Hughes. He founded commercial aviation by showing common people that traveling by plane was an adventure.

The titanic showed them that ship travel would get them drowned for no good reason, while dying in a plane crash was worth the risk. Now, musk is providing the same perspective re space travel.

Silly humans. So easy to herd.

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