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NASA demands patience as SpaceX investigates the crew's Dragon blast



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The Crew Dragon capsule docking with the space station in March.


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SpaceX and NASA are currently investigating the cause of an anomaly that resulted in engine damage to the Crew Dragon Capsule, which is supposed to take people between Earth and the International Space Station. The incident occurred on April 20, but did not cause any injuries.

According to a SpaceX spokesman the Crew Dragon capsule suffered an "anomaly" during the ground test . The anomaly caused a serious failure with the Crew Dragon and could have led to the loss of the spacecraft, but the details remained low. After the incident, orange smoke was piled over the test area at Cape Canaveral, Florida, and an unchecked video of the vehicle ran on Twitter and showed a fiery explosion. The video has since been deleted.

The spacecraft completed a historic, unmanned journey to the ISS in March and completed a series of tests with its SuperDracos, a series of eight rocket engines dropping it off a launcher in an emergency. NASA's NASA Aerospace Advisory Council (NASA) director Patricia Sanders said on Thursday that firing the smaller Draco engines was successful, but firing the eight SuperDracos caused the anomaly.

"SpaceX is conducting the investigation with active NASA participation," Sanders noted at the meeting. "The investigation will take some time until root cause analysis is complete."

Sandra Magnus, the former astronaut and current ASAP member, knows there is great interest in the mishap, but patience was required. The investigation is currently gathering data and Magnus made it clear that there will be no crew until the Commercial Crew program has "received the required data".

NASA and SpaceX plan to launch the Crew Dragon with a Falcon 9 booster in June This year, crash abilities will be tested during the flight using the SuperDraco engines. Subsequently, two NASA astronauts will be launched at the first demonstration with crew in July. Although NASA has not yet been officially excluded, it has recently dropped its recording dates from its launch date.

"It's too early to speculate on how this work will change based on recent events," Magnus said.


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