FILE PHOTO – A SpaceX Falcon 9 bring the Team Dragon spacecraft sits on launch pad 39 A previous to the uncrewed test flight to the International Spaceport Station from the Kennedy Area Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., March 1,2019 REUTERS/Mike Blake
April 21, 2019
( Reuters)– Elon Musk’s SpaceX suffered an anomaly in among its Crew Dragon pills while performing engine tests at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Saturday, the business stated.
” The preliminary tests completed effectively however the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand,” the company stated in a statement.
The issue was earlier reported by Florida Today, which stated orange smoke was seen increasing above SpaceX’s centers, and that the abnormality was consisted of with no injuries.
SpaceX said its groups are investigating and are working closely with U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) partners.
” NASA has actually been informed about the outcomes of the SpaceX Static Fire Test and the abnormality that took place during the final test,” its administrator Jim Bridenstine stated in a tweet https://twitter.com/JimBridenstine/status/1119754804258062337
” This is why we check. We will learn, make the needed changes and securely move forward with our Commercial Team Program,” he added.
NASA has actually granted SpaceX and Boeing Co an overall of $6.8 billion to develop completing rocket and pill systems to launch astronauts into orbit from American soil.
In March, the independently owned SpaceX successfully completed its mission of sending out an unmanned pill to the International Space Station and returned securely to Earth, a mission seen as vital to NASA’s strategies to resume human area flight from U.S. soil.
SpaceX’s very first crewed test flight is slated to introduce in July with U.S. astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken.
(Reporting by Bhargav Acharya and Sabahatjahan Specialist in Bengaluru; Editing by Daniel Wallis)