NASA Says a Design Error Is Behind the Failure of a 2015 SpaceX Mission

By Tim Fernholz

For the first time, NASA investigators said publicly that a design error was the initiating factor for the destruction of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on a mission to the International Space Station in 2015.

A public summary of their report, released March 13, expands on SpaceX’s public explanation for the failure of the CRS-7 mission. The rocket company blamed a subcontractor that manufactured a steel strut which snapped during the flight, allowing a