| November 29, 2018 07:22 PM
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Elon Musk has assured him that he will not be displaying any more inappropriate behavior.
Musk has gotten himself in trouble in recent months for his wild antics, but the CEO smoking marijuana live on an online podcast spurred the space agency to launch a safety review of both Musk’s SpaceX and Boeing, private companies that have deals with NASA to transport astronauts to the International Space Station.
Bridenstine told reporters at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Thursday that he personally ordered the reviews and revealed that he had spoken to Musk.
“I will tell you, he is as committed to safety as anybody, and he understands that that was not appropriate behavior, and you won’t be seeing that again,” he said, according to the Atlantic.
Citing past tragedies, including space shuttle disasters in decades past, Bridenstine said contractors must be held to a high standard.
“Every single one of those accidents had a number of complications. Of course, the technological piece was a big piece of it. [But] the other question that always comes up was, what was the culture of NASA?” Bridenstine said. “What was the culture of our contractors, and were there people that were raising a red flag that we didn’t listen to, and ultimately did that culture contribute to the failure and, in those cases, to disaster?”