The company had invested in a mission test that would have fired all eight of Crew Dragon SuperDraco engines in my launch, which shows that the canister could get away from its hot shot in an emergency. This test was to take place in June, but it is not certain that this will happen in schedule based on the event. A manned launch would happen as soon as July, but it seems likely that the timeline will change for that too.
NASA is not discouraged by the accident. Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement that deviations like this are “why we are testing” and that the space agency would “learn, make the necessary adjustments” and pursue its commercial crew program. Nevertheless, this is clearly not what NASA wanted to hear months before it was ready to make history – it’s another reminder that the road to private human spaceflight has been dangerous.