SpaceX has confirmed that its Crew Dragon capsule suffered an “anomaly” during routine engine tests in Florida.

A test version of SpaceX’s new astronaut taxi, the Crew Dragon suffered some kind of an anomaly during an engine test on April 20, 2019 at the company’s facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,florida.

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A US Airforce Wing Spokesman Jim Williams told  FLORIDA TODAY. “The anomaly was contained and there were no injuries.

SpaceX conducted a series of engine tests on a Crew Dragon test vehicle on test stand at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral in Florida, SpaceX said in a statement. “The initial tests were completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand.”

Florida Today said that, large plumes of smoke were seen originating from the area, indicating something had gone wrong. Although no  injuries were caused by the anomaly, which is now under control, according to officials with the 45th Space Wing based at the Air Force station.

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon which is also referred to as Dragon 2 was successfully flew for the first time in march and it is designed to take humans to the International Space Station. The company was planning to launch a crewed version of the spacecraft no earlier than July, but was also planning an in-flight abort test, or a demonstration of its life-saving abort capabilities, sometime before then. First flight was a major milestones for spacex, which was needed to complete before it can carry people. Their next task was an inflight abort test for which company has been very busy since its return.

This essential test will be decisive towards the capsule being capable of keeping astronaut crews safe should something go wrong during the launch into orbit. this system is similar to the emergency abort system on the Soyuz rocket.

This incident is being investigated by SpaceX and NASA are investigating. It’s not immediately clear just how this incident will affect SpaceX’s timeline for launching crew.Following the Crew Dragon’s successful first flight, it was planned to reach to carry its first crew this year later. the crew consists of Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. the schedule now maybe postponed depending upon the impact of the issue and the time required to solve it.

“Ensuring that our systems meet rigorous safety standards and detecting anomalies like this prior to flight are the main reasons why we test,” SpaceX said in the same statement. “Our teams are investigating and working closely with our NASA partners.”

 

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