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SpaceX identifies problem with several engines on booster, requiring replacement

Capitalism in space: SpaceX has identified the issue with several engines on the first stage that caused a launch abort for an Air Force GPS satellite and has replaced those engines.

Since Falcon 9 B1062 suffered a rare last-second launch abort on October 2nd, SpaceX has discovered an issue with several new Merlin 1D booster engines and apparently removed affected engines from Falcon 9 booster B1062, shipped the engines to McGregor, Texas for testing, characterized the bad behavior, and implemented a fix capable of satisfying their strictest customers (NASA and the US military) in roughly three weeks.

The immediate fix appears to be replacing the engines for now as they troubleshoot the issue. They have now rescheduled the launch of the GPS satellite for November 5th.

It also appears that because the company has identified the engine issue and can spot it on any engine it uses, NASA has agreed to set a November 14th launch date for the next manned Dragon mission. They will hold a press conference tomorrow to outline the situation in more detail.

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3 comments

  • geoffc

    It is interesting that it is a ‘new’ thing in new engines. The old ones do not have this issue, thus the Starlinks keep flying even as new boosters are temporarily paused from flight.

    Almost like, why not shift old engines into newer boosters if you want to fly GPS/Crew-1 sooner. :)

    Seasoned Citizen boosters.

  • Chris

    This is the pursuit of truth – the practice of engineering.

    I am not aware of the internal workings of SpaceX but from the outside this looks like true engineering – the pursuit of truth.

    Find out what is not working as well as it can be found and fit it – first and foremost!
    Then, and only then correct -not blame – correct where WE and HOW WE went astray.

  • Chris

    Find out what is not working as well as it can be found and fit it – first and foremost!

    Find out what is not working as well as it can be found and FIX it – first and foremost!

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