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Smoke Seen for Miles as SpaceX Crew Dragon Suffers 'Anomaly' at Cape Canaveral During Engine Test Fire

22 Apr 2019, 20:53 UTC
Smoke Seen for Miles as SpaceX Crew Dragon Suffers 'Anomaly' at Cape Canaveral During Engine Test Fire
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A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule suffered an anomaly during an engine test firing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday afternoon, company and 45th Space Wing officials confirmed."On April 20, 2019, an anomaly occurred at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station during the Dragon 2 static test fire," Wing Spokesman Jim Williams told FLORIDA TODAY. "The anomaly was contained and there were no injuries."FLORIDA TODAY photographer Craig Bailey, covering a surf fest in Cocoa Beach, captured an image of orange plumes rising from SpaceX facilities at the Cape around 3:30 p.m. Unconfirmed reports indicated the capsule was destroyed.“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," SpaceX said in a statement. "The initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand.""Ensuring that our systems meet rigorous safety standards and detecting anomalies like this prior to flight are the main reasons why we test. Our teams are investigating and working closely with our NASA partners," the company said.SpaceX's Crew Dragon, also referred to as Dragon 2, is designed to take humans to the International Space Station ...

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