Contractors say cracks in a spacecraft tested in Colorado can be easily fixed.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems says the crew-capsule design of NASA's Orion spacecraft is sound, even though three structural cracks were found during pressure testing of the first flight model at Kennedy Space Center.
NASA program manager Mark Geyer says the capsule should not have cracked, but the problem can be easily fixed by redesigning stress points.
According to the Denver Post, the problems were discussed during a meeting Tuesday at the Colorado plant where the capsule is being tested.
The first scheduled orbital launch date is September 2014.