GAO study reportedly raises questions about “defects” in SpaceX Falcon 9 engines

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A Government Accountability Office study reportedly raises questions about “defects” in SpaceX Falcon 9 engines.

A draft version of the report notes that engineers have found cracks in turbine blades in the turbopumps of the engines.

Those cracks, which have not caused problems on Falcon 9 missions to date, would still require a redesign for NASA to allow the vehicle to be used for crewed missions.

The report also identified issues with the parachute systems on Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner vehicle.

SpaceX, in a statement, said that its engines are “robust” to such cracks but is working on a redesign to eliminate them entirely and qualify the engines for crewed missions. [Wall Street Journal / Reuters]


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