Sometimes, when you get a small metal capsule with rocket fuel, it will explode .
That’s what appears to have happened this weekend when SpaceX attempted a static test of its Dragon 2 Capsule. “Crew Dragon capsule explodes,” wrote Scientific American . Business Insider called it a “large explosion.” Quartz said that it was “blew up.” The company called it anomaly.
You’d never know what happened if you read SpaceX’s prepared statement, which downplayed the apparent explosion as much as possible Earlier today, SpaceX conducted a series of engine tests on a Crew Dragon test vehicle on our test stand at Landing Zone 1
in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand. Ensuring that our systems meet rigorous safety standards and detecting anomalies like this are the main reason why we test. Our teams are investigating and working closely with our NASA partners. ”SpaceX is the only space agency to use“ anomaly ”to describe a spacecraft glitch. There are several instances where NASA has been used to characterize launch problems or spacecraft communication issues. But we haven’t found an instance where NASA said “anomaly” when it meant “explosion” – in that regard, SpaceX stands alone. When something blows up, NASA says so.
Perhaps the problem was an explosion and “anomaly”; it would be confusing if it was expected. But the explosion itself? Call it anything but is a disservice
Keep It Vague
Hey, we got it. Spacecraft explosions conjure images of tragedy: death, wasted money, canceled research.
But if SpaceX insists on calling and explosion – one that was seemingly documented on video – an “anomaly,” then who’s to say when the company will clear the air, on this test or any future endeavor?
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More on the explosion: Update: Vid Appears to Show SpaceX Capsule Exploding During Test