SpaceX suffers serious setback with crew capsule accident

SpaceX Crew Dragon

The issue was before put into attention by Florida Today, which exclaimed that orange smoke was seen transcending SpaceX's offices, and that the inconsistency was contained without any wounds.

The 45th Space Wing of the firm and the US Air Force have confirmed to Florida Today that a Crew Dragon capsule experienced an "anomaly" during a static test fire that was conducted at Cape Canaveral.

In a statement on Twitter, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said, "This is why we test".

Neither SpaceX nor NASA gave immediate updates on the status of the capsule, which was scheduled for its first flight with a crew this year. It is unclear how this accident could affect that launch schedule. "Our teams are investigating and working closely with our NASA partners", the company said.

In the statement, SpaceX said an "anomaly" occurred during static fire tests of its abort engines on the Crew Dragon spacecraft.

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As pressure-fed rocket engines specifically created to be the basis of a launch escape system, Crew Dragon and its SuperDraco thrusters are meant to be ready to ignite at a millisecond's notice once they are armed in a flight-ready configuration. In March, the exclusive SpaceX effectively finished its main goal of sending an unmanned container to the International Space Station and returned securely to Earth, a mission seen as critical to NASA's arrangements to continue human space departure from USA soil.

SpaceX released a statement confirming the malfunction.

Boeing's schedule already reflects delays from a test stand failure previous year of the CST-100 Starliner capsule's abort engines.

The private space company has been working on the Crew Dragon as a vehicle for transporting astronauts to the ISS from USA soil; the company had planned its first crewed launch in July. That test was expected to take place some time this summer prior to this anomaly. The spacecraft successfully docked with the space station. SpaceX's wesbite explains that its abort system "will be able to provide astronauts with the unprecedented ability to escape from danger at any point during the ascent trajectory, not just in the first few minutes" like other launch abort systems.

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