There have been several controversies surrounding the SpaceX Falcon 9. In the latest, government investigators have discovered faults in the Falcon 9 engines, that could affect the safety of the mission. The company has decided not to launch the space mission.
The mission was to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS), but the Government Accountability Office found some flaws and raised question over the engines of the rocket. In the preliminary investigation, some problems were found with the turbofans responsible for pumping fuel to the Falcon 9’s engines are weak enough to form cracks.
SpaceX was to send a manned mission to the ISS next year but that too seems to get affected by the findings of this investigation. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has also issued a warning to the company regarding the possibility of such cracks causing unacceptable risk in a manned mission.
In their statement, SpaceX says that their design is sturdy enough to withstand the cracks that the turbofans are being said to possibly have. Though, the company has acknowledged the concern and has committed to modifying the design to avoid these cracks altogether. It was further added that the company has partnered with NASA to qualify the engines for their proposed manned spaceflight.
The company has as many as 16 launches lined up for the year 2017 and their clients include both NASA and other private entities. SpaceX’s next launch is expected to take off on February 14 for delivering cargo to the ISS.
Falcon 9 will have to wait for a bit more with its planned flight being postponed. SpaceX will launch the rocket only after the safety concerns raised are duly addressed.