SpaceX: a Crew Dragon spaceship explodes in a test
Joint investigation opened with NASA -VIDEO
NASA's times are getting longer to bring its own astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), because last Saturday a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft exploded during a test in the "John F. Kennedy" Space Center, in Cape Canaveral. To "jump" was the Crew Dragon capsule used in the humanless mission on board last March 2 (see AVIONEWS) which saw its dock at the ISS and return to Earth after being launched into space with the Falcon 9 rocket always produced by the company of Elon Musk. The reason for this explosion is unclear and from SpaceX they explained that a series of tests were in progress on the capsule motors, and only in the last test an anomaly occurred.
A joint investigation by SpaceX and NASA was opened on the incident, also because the intention is to use the Crew Dragon spacecraft for a first human mission next July. Only the investigation will be able to verify if the anomaly has been accidental or if there is a potential risk, and in this case the sending of US astronauts to the ISS autonomously will probably have to be postponed until all the problems identified on the Crew have been resolved Dragon.
Below, the video of the Crew Dragon explosion:
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