This Saturday, SpaceX has tested the emergency escape rocket system for the new human-capable Crew Dragon spacecraft.
A US Air Force spokesperson has told the local press about this incident at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and that it has been contained and no one was injured.
The explosion came after a fire test
The explosion took place after a static fire test of the emergency abort system on the new Crew Dragon space capsule.
This was intended for use by NASA’s Commercial Crew program to take astronauts to and from the ISS.
Express.co.uk noted that a statement from SpaceX said: “Earlier today, SpaceX conducted a series of engine tests on a Crew Dragon test vehicle on our test stand at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The statement continued and said that “The initial tests completed successfully, but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand.”
It’s also worth noting that yesterday, an unverified video on Twitter claimed to show the space capsule exploding during the test.
This minor setback comes after more successes of Elon Musk’s company, with the unmanned Crew Dragon successfully entering orbit for the first time last month.
On the other hand, this latest incident has the ability to delay the plans to launch a manned mission to the ISS later this year.
SpaceX’s rigorous safety standards
Images of smoke coming from the capsule have been floating all over the social media.
SpaceX was founded by Elon Musk back in 2002. An investigation was committed to making sure that its systems met “rigorous safety standards.”
SpaceX seemed to be on the right path towards victory over Boeing in the race to be the first to launch astronauts to orbit from US soil.
The explosion during the static test firing of the Crew Dragon capsule may change this.
Elon Musk has been silent so far, and only cryptically tweeted the word, “Respawn++,” and a post about the Tesla Autonomy Day.
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