Subcontractor hardware defect or SpaceX design error? On CRS-7 failure, NASA and SpaceX disagree

by Amy Svitak

PARIS – Insufficient screening by SpaceX of commercially sourced hardware on the upper stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket was the most likely cause of a June 2015 launch failure that resulted in the loss of a cargo vessel bound for the International Space Station (ISS), according to a NASA investigation of the mishap.

 Both NASA and SpaceX conducted probes into the June 28, 2015 launch failure, though to date only a summary of the NASA-led investigation has been publicly released. The nine-page document, dated March 12, says both . . .

To view the entire article, become a subscriber!

You may also like

Our greatest offer yet

You’ve been selected to enjoy 6 months of access to Space Intel Report for just $245.