NASA Paid $5M For SpaceX Employee Review After Musk's On-Camera Toke

SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk speaks after announcing Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa as the first private passenger on a trip around the moon Monday Sept. 17 2018 in Hawthorne Calif

The evaluation, quiet ongoing, involves one-on-one interviews with SpaceX and Boeing workers at all stages and teaching them relating to the federal contractor guidelines prohibiting illegal drug use. But the company didn't clarify why Boeing didn't get additional funds for a similar assessment. And just to be fair, they also ordered the same review for Boeing employees.

What wasn't disclosed to the general public on the time, nevertheless, was that the assessment of SpaceX wasn't paid for by the corporate or its CEO, however by tax payers.

The episode raises a number of questions, said Pete Garrettson, a recently retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and space strategist.

In 2014, NASA awarded two contracts-$2.6 billion to SpaceX and $four.82 billion to Boeing-beneath the company's Industrial Crew Program.

Defenders of SpaceX highlighted the huge distinction in SpaceX's and Boeing's preliminary contracts for basically the identical work.

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"It would be odd for NASA to pay a contractor millions to tell its employees not to do drugs", one industry official told Benzinga, pointing out that other companies have not received any extra money for "meeting basic contractual requirements". The identical evaluation of Boeing, although, was paid for from its present contract.

While dagga is legal in California where Musk's September 2018 interview with Joe Rogan was conducted, it is illegal under federal law, and federal employees and contractors are barred from using illegal drugs.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told the Washington Post at the time the review was announced, "If I see something that's inappropriate, the key concern to me is what is the culture that led to that inappropriateness and is NASA involved in that".

NASA stated that it is "standard practice" for a company to receive additional funds for work not included in the original contract but did not directly answer why no additional funds were offered to Boeing.

"As with all we do, the ultimate goal is astronaut and public safety for the important missions the companies are undertaking for the American public", the representative added. To ensure that the review is conducted properly, the space agency reportedly funded SpaceX $5 million.

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