SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule was in testing at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday. During the test, the crew capsule had suffered an anomaly at the engines.
The news was posted in Florida Today with a picture of an orange plume rising from the Launchpad. The statement to Florida Today from the company had few details because they have focused on the incident happened and not the fact that they had humans aboard.
The accident had appeared when an abort engine test was conducted. The Crew Dragon is composed of Draco thrusters for standard maneuvers and eight larger SuperDraco thrusters used for aborts in case of emergency. The spacecraft which had suffered this anomaly during the testing, it’s the one that docked with the ISS this year. The engineers are planning to recondition it. This spacecraft aborting test must require first a static fire test, and this event went wrong on Saturday.
What Had Happened During the SpaceX Crew Dragon Test?
The Commercial Crew Program has the mission to launch astronauts into space through the vehicles provided by SpaceX to NASA. Unfortunately, NASA isn’t capable from some years now to provide vehicles for space missions because of the retirement of the Space Shuttle. After that, the space company has relied on Russia’s Roscosmos to provide Soyuz rockets for the transfer of astronauts into the International Space Station.
However, we don’t know yet if this incident will affect the timeline for SpaceX. And this could be a problem if that happens because SpaceX and NASA are part of the Commercial Crew Program and it’s running behind schedule.
Finally, the next test for the Crew Dragon with humans on board will be around July 25, and it can be rescheduled for late September or October. But until then, SpaceX is building another Crew Dragon capsule for the crew test.
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