Dragon spacecraft put into orbit - SpaceX

Internal Memo Suggests That SpaceX Crew Capsule Explosion Video Could Be Legit

The Crew Dragon (or Dragon V2) is a reusable capsule for transporting people and cargo to space.

A Falcon rocket was poised to blast off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, early Friday, with a Dragon cargo capsule.

The Crew Dragon had been scheduled to carry U.S. astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the space station in a test mission in July, although April's accident, as well as some vehicle design hitches, are likely to push that launch to later in the year or into 2020.

Speaking at a news conference for an upcoming SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station, Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of build and flight reliability at the rocket company, gave the first in-depth details about an investigation into what exactly happened on April 20 when SpaceX tested the engines of its Crew Dragon astronaut capsule at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Todd also said that NASA worked closely with SpaceX to confirm that there was no commonality between the systems involved in the Crew Dragon anomaly and those on the cargo Dragon.

SpaceX confirmed Thursday the explosion and destruction of its astronaut capsule during a recent test, adding that the company is hopeful it can still make its goal to launch astronauts by the end of the year.

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The Dragon vehicle was previously flown for the CRS-12 mission in 2017, and will again return to Earth on May 31st carrying Station research and return cargo. "Just prior to when we wanted to fire the SuperDraco, there was an anomaly, and the vehicle was destroyed". "We are looking at all possible issues, and the investigation is ongoing".

Workers were warned that they could be fired if they publicly share any videos or images from inside the Kennedy Space Center, the Orlando Sentinel reported on Wednesday, citing an internal letter sent to NASA contractors.

Spectators along area beaches saw billowing clouds of reddish-orange smoke rising above the Air Force station in the aftermath of the incident, an indication to veteran launch observers that toxic hypergolic propellants, like those powering the Crew Dragon's thrusters, had been released.

While six other power channels are still working, NASA's team has concerns that the MBSU malfunction could impact the safe capture by the Canadarm2 of the Dragon once arrived.

Today's delay is the latest in a series of slips that saw the launch move from April 26 to (now) May 4.

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