SpaceX’s Crew Dragon suffers catastrophic explosion during static fire test

SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft suffers anomaly during ground tests

He added that SpaceX is investigating the anomaly in close cooperation with its partners in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). "Ensuring that our systems meet rigorous safety standards and detecting anomalies like this prior to flight are the main reasons why we test".

SpaceX planned to rapidly reuse Crew Dragon C201 for an upcoming in-flight abort (IFA) test, in which the spacecraft would be required to successfully escape from Falcon 9 at the point of peak aerodynamic stress (Max Q).

NASA has granted SpaceX and Boeing Co a sum of $6.8 billion to assemble contending rocket and case frameworks to dispatch space explorers into space from American soil.

SpaceX's first Crew Dragon test flight was an uncrewed demonstration flight that launched to the International Space Station March 2.

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The anomaly occurred while SpaceX was test-firing a Crew Dragon's engines on one of the company's landing pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

During testing Saturday, the SpaceX Crew Dragon, created to ferry humans between Earth and the International Space Station (ISS), suffered "an anomaly". We will learn, make the necessary adjustments and safely move forward with our commercial drew program.

Although it can't yet be confirmed, it appears the rocket engine that would have propelled Crew Dragon to safety in an abort emergency had exploded prematurely.

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This lead to plumes of smoke rising from the test site, which were apparently visible for miles.

According to Spaceflight Now, sources say the Crew Dragon's first test with humans on board, currently scheduled for no earlier than July 25, was already "likely to be rescheduled for late September or early October" before whatever happened on Saturday.

Instead of a problem with its high-performance abort thrusters, it can be tentatively concluded that Crew Dragon's explosion originated in its fuel tanks or propellant plumbing.

NASA called the flight "a major milestone", and it raised hopes that the Crew Dragon's first manned flight could take place before year's end. The spacecraft successfully docked with the space station.

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The Dragon cargo ship, designed by the U.S. company SpaceX, made a total of 17 trips to the International Space Station (ISS) between 2012 and 2018.

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