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SpaceX's Crew Dragon Suffers 'Anomaly' During Testing at Cape Canaveral

SpaceX's Crew Docking the International Space Station earlier this year Photo: NASA (AP) One of SpaceX's Crew Dragon crew capsules suffered from "anomaly" on the launch pad at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station while testing its engines on Saturday, with Florida Today posting an image of "orange plumes" rising from the launch pad and noting "unconfirmed reports" that the capsule was destroyed According to Spaceflight Now, some nearby workers said they heard an explosion, though no injuries have been reported. In a statement to Florida Today, a company spokesperson dropped few details, instead focusing on how the incident happened unmanned testing rather than in flight and / or with humans aborted: [EarliertodaySpaceXconductedaseriesofenginetestsonaCrewDragontestvehicleonourteststandatLandingZone1 inCapeCanaveralFlorida”SpaceXsaidinastatement“Theinitialtestscompletedsuccessfullybutthefinaltestresultedinananomalyontheteststand” “Ensuring that our systems meet rigorous safety standards and detecting anomalies like this are the main reasons why we test. Our companies are investigating and working closely with our NASA partners, "the company said. That sentiment was echoed by NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, who released a statement on Twitter saying," This is why we test. "[19659005] SpaceFlight Now that the accident happened while SpaceX was running an "abort engine test." The Crew Dragon has Draco thrusters for normal maneuvers, as well as eight larger SuperDraco thrusters that are used for aborts in the event of an emergency. According to the Los Angeles Times, SpaceX has been crafted with the anomaly, which was automatically docked with the International Space Station earlier this year, which engineers planned to refurbished. That capsule was reportedly due to an uncrewed in-flight…

SpaceX’s Crew Docking the International Space Station earlier this year Photo: NASA (AP)

One of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon crew capsules suffered from “anomaly” on the launch pad at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station while testing its engines on Saturday, with Florida Today posting an image of “orange plumes” rising from the launch pad and noting “unconfirmed reports” that the capsule was destroyed

According to Spaceflight Now, some nearby workers said they heard an explosion, though no injuries have been reported. In a statement to Florida Today, a company spokesperson dropped few details, instead focusing on how the incident happened unmanned testing rather than in flight and / or with humans aborted: [EarliertodaySpaceXconductedaseriesofenginetestsonaCrewDragontestvehicleonourteststandatLandingZone1

inCapeCanaveralFlorida”SpaceXsaidinastatement“Theinitialtestscompletedsuccessfullybutthefinaltestresultedinananomalyontheteststand”

“Ensuring that our systems meet rigorous safety standards and detecting anomalies like this are the main reasons why we test. Our companies are investigating and working closely with our NASA partners, “the company said. That sentiment was echoed by NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, who released a statement on Twitter saying,” This is why we test. “[19659005]

SpaceFlight Now that the accident happened while SpaceX was running an “abort engine test.” The Crew Dragon has Draco thrusters for normal maneuvers, as well as eight larger SuperDraco thrusters that are used for aborts in the event of an emergency. According to the Los Angeles Times, SpaceX has been crafted with the anomaly, which was automatically docked with the International Space Station earlier this year, which engineers planned to refurbished. That capsule was reportedly due to an uncrewed in-flight abortion test which would first require the child of static fire test that went wrong on Saturday.

Business Insider posted a video of what a Twitter user claimed was the craft detonation, but it was low-resolution and could not be immediately verified. The site wrote that “When asked about the video, SpaceX simply pointed to the statement about Saturday’s test.”

It’s not clear whether the incident will affect the timeline for SpaceX to the craft, which is part of the Commercial Crew Program – a project to provide NASA with new vehicles to launch astronauts into space, and that is already running long behind schedule. (NASA lost this capability years ago with the retirement of the Space Shuttle, and has since relied on Russia’s Roscosmos to provide seats on Soyuz rockets to transfer astronauts to the International Space Station.)

According to Spaceflight Now, sources say the Crew Dragon’s first test with humans on board, currently scheduled for no earlier than July 25, already “likely to be rescheduled for late September or early October” before whatever happened on Saturday. As the Times noted, SpaceX is building a different Crew Dragon capsule for that crewed test.

Boeing, which is also a craft called the CST-100 Starliner for the Commercial Crew Program, is not slated to begin uncrewed testing for months. .

[SpaceFlight Now]
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