Orange Smoke has risen above the SpaceX facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday, April 20, 2019. The Air Force confirmed an anomaly with the company's Dragon Capsule crew. (Photo: Craig Bailey / FLORIDA TODAY)
A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule suffered an anomaly during a routine engine test fired at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday afternoon.
"On April 20, 2019, during the static test fire of Dragon 2, an anomaly occurred at the Cape Canaveral air force base," wing spokesman Jim Williams told FLORIDA TODAY. "The anomaly was restrained and there were no injuries."
FLORIDA TODAY Photographer Craig Bailey, covering a surfing festival in Cocoa Beach, shot a picture of orange feathers rising from the Cape's SpaceX at 3:30 pm.
"Today, SpaceX has conducted a series of engine tests on a crew kite test vehicle at our test facility in Landing Zone 1, Cape Canaveral, Florida," SpaceX said in a statement. The first tests were completed successfully, but the final test revealed an anomaly on the test bench. "
" Ensuring that our systems meet stringent safety standards and detecting anomalies like these before the flight are the main reasons why we test. Our teams are studying and working closely with our NASA partners, "the company said.
SpaceX's Crew Dragon, also known as Dragon 2, is intended to transport people to the International Space Station (ISS) and successfully flew for the first time [19459019ThecompanyplannedtolaunchacrewofthespacecraftinJulybutalsoplannedaflight-inflighttestordemonstrationofitslife-savingabortfunctions
It is not known which Crew Dragon participated in the Saturday anomaly but each spacecraft has Super Draco thrusters to be used as a launch abort system All SpaceX engines require occasional test firings to assess readiness and performance Crews for the ISS from US soil are likely to be revised later in the year to make a first start.
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