SpaceX has launched an investigation into what caused the company's new passenger vehicle, the Dragon crew, to explode during a test over the weekend, but it's too early to know how the accident will affect schedules moving forward. Even before the accident occurred, SpaceX had a "large body of work" to complete it on the first time, according to a NASA advisory panel on safety that met today.
Five days after the accident details of what happened are still scarce. But it's been confirmed that the explosion occurred while SpaceX was firing up some of the engines embedded within its Crew Dragon. The capsule is known as the SuperDraco engines, which is said to be critical in case of an emergency during future flights. Five days after the accident, details of what happened are still scarce
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SpaceX is currently developing the crew as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, an initiative to send the space agency's astronauts to the International Space Station on privately made vehicles. In March during its first test flight, which sent it to the International Space Station. The vehicle proved it could dock in the Atlantic Ocean after a week-long stay in space.
SpaceX had tentatively planned to fly the first passenger on a plane this July.
ASAP noted that all safety procedures were followed after the accident and no injuries have been reported. "NASA and SpaceX has also been approved by NASA and SpaceX, NASA and SpaceX, NASA and SpaceX, NASA and SpaceX. Right now, SpaceX is focused on salvaging the accident site, collecting data, and coming up with a timeline of events leading up to the accident. It could be a while before we know how the company wants to recover. Sanders said.
The explosion is already having some effects on the company. SpaceX is launching a cargo mission to the International Space Station next weekend from Cape Canaveral, but the company wants to land on its rocket on a drone ship after the landing pad is out of commission at the moment.
It also seems likely that SpaceX wants to make an extra milestone review of the Dragon Capsule crew. SpaceX was planning to fly the crew. It has been tested again this week, leaving the emergency abort system (which seems to have been involved in the failure). Known as the abort test, SpaceX wants to launch a Crew Dragon and fire up the SuperDracos designed to carry the capsule away from the rocket as. The first time that the capsule is about to die,
The extent of the damage to the capsule is unknown particular Crew does not seem to be in good shape. Neither SpaceX nor NASA has divulged a path forward for testing.
In addition to figuring out the cause of the accident, it sounds like there is quite a lot of work for the company to accomplish before it can put people on board its vehicle. Even before the accident, NASA and the company identified a lot of changes and tasks that need to be completed before the crew can carry astronauts.
and a crewed flight "Sandy Magnus, a former NASA astronaut and member of ASAP, said at the meeting. SpaceX and NASA's other Commercial Crew partners, Boeing, should not be touched. NASA is still able to fly its astronauts to the ISS on Russia's Soyuz vehicle, and it wants to be able to keep the station staffed through mid-2020.
In the meantime, NASA says it is sticking by SpaceX as it figures out what happened. "We have full confidence in SpaceX," NASA spokesperson Stephanie Martin told the Orlando Sentinel . "Additional information wants to be released as it is available."