SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule Suffers Anomaly During Engine Test

Space.com | 4/21/2019 | Tariq Malik
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A SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft suffered an anomaly during an engine test in Florida Saturday (April 20), company officials said.

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. NASA has picked SpaceX's Crew Dragon to fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station, with the first crewed flight expected later this year.

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"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," a SpaceX spokesperson told Space.com in a statement. "The initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand."

"The anomaly was contained and there were no injuries," Jim Williams, spokesperson for the 45th Space Wing based at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, told Florida Today. Witnesses reported seeing smoke billowing from the test area, according to Florida Today.

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SpaceX did not specify which Crew Dragon was on the test stand during the engine test, or if it survived the anomaly at Landing Zone 1. The company launched its first Crew Dragon test flight for NASA last month, and was expected to fly that...
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