WSJ: The Falcon 9 rocket to detect defects
Boosters of the Falcon 9, produced by the US company SpaceX, is not always a good fly. The latter is currently setback one of them in September 2016, after which SpaceX launches halted and began to look for defects in the structure. It turned out that there were problems with the rocket upper stage tank. Together with the internal investigation was carried out and a government check pursued by the US government. According to the inspection result was a report, which states that the design of the Falcon 9 is not ideal and there are systemic flaws in it.
Among other things, the document, according to The Wall Street Journal, marked cracks on turbine supply fuel to the engine. The full version of the audit report, the United States Court of Auditors has promised to make public in the next few weeks. The SpaceX noted that the motors are strong enough and have a large safety margin. Nevertheless, the company pledged to make changes to the design of rockets and finalize everything to these defects do not appear in the future. The nearest launch of SpaceX is scheduled for February 14. During the flight Dragon truck deliver equipment and provisions to the ISS.