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TechnologySmoke seen for miles as SpaceX Crew Dragon suffers 'anomaly' at Cape Canaveral

02:00  21 april  2019
02:00  21 april  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Incident on SpaceX pad could delay its first manned flight

Incident on SpaceX pad could delay its first manned flight A mysterious but apparently serious incident occurred Saturday in Cape Canaveral, Florida involving the SpaceX capsule intended to carry American astronauts into space late this year, the private company and NASA announced. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); “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 spokesman said in a statement.

In a sign that astronaut launches from Florida are growing nearer, SpaceX recently leased an Air Force facility where it will prepare Dragon capsules to fly

SpaceX tested its Crew Dragon , a spacecraft under final development and certification through NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) which simulated an emergency abort from a test stand on Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida.

Smoke seen for miles as SpaceX Crew Dragon suffers 'anomaly' at Cape Canaveral© Provided by Gannett Co., Inc. Orange smoke is seen rising above SpaceX's facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday, April 20, 2019. The Air Force confirmed an anomaly occurred with the company's Crew Dragon capsule.

MELBOURNE, Fla. – A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule suffered an anomaly during a routine test fire at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Saturday afternoon, officials say.

"On April 20, 2019, an anomaly occurred at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station during the Dragon 2 static test fire," 45th Space Wing spokesman Jim Williams told Florida Today. "The anomaly was contained and there were no injuries."

SpaceX suffers serious setback with crew capsule accident

SpaceX suffers serious setback with crew capsule accident SpaceX has suffered a serious setback in its effort to launch NASA astronauts into orbit this year. Over the weekend, the recently flown Dragon crew capsule ended up in smoke and flames on an engine test stand at Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX says it was testing the capsule's abort thrusters when Saturday's accident occurred. NASA says it's too early to revise target launch dates.

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. This investigation team was established according to SpaceX 's accident investigation plan as approved by the FAA. Three weeks ago, SpaceX experienced an anomaly at our Launch Complex 40 (LC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon is being manufactured at company headquarters in Hawthorne, California. SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket moments after catastrophic explosion destroys the rocket and Amos-6 Israeli satellite payload at launch pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, on Sept.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon, also referred to as Dragon 2, is designed to take humans to the International Space Station and successfully flew for the first time in March. 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.

It is unknown which Crew Dragon spacecraft was involved in the Saturday anomaly.

Florida Today photographer Craig Bailey, at a local beach, captured an image of orange plumes at the cape around 3:30 p.m. The wing said SpaceX is expected to take over communications about the incident later today.

Follow Emre Kelly on Twitter: @EmreKelly.

This article originally appeared on Florida Today: Smoke seen for miles as SpaceX Crew Dragon suffers 'anomaly' at Cape Canaveral

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