SpaceX Reports ‘Anomaly’ During Static Fire Test of Crew Dragon Abort Engines at Cape Canaveral

By  //  April 20, 2019

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Flames and smoke could be seen by beachgoers across the Space Coast and at KSC

SuperDraco Thruster: SpaceX officials reported an “anomaly” during a static fire test of a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft abort engines on Saturday at Landing Zone 1, the former Launch Complex 13 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (SpaceX image)

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION – SpaceX officials reported an “anomaly” during a static fire test of a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft abort engines on Saturday at Landing Zone 1, the former Launch Complex 13 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

“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,” a SpaceX company spokesperson said in a statement to SpaceNews.

“The initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand.”

Flames and smoke could be seen by beachgoers across the Space Coast and at the Kennedy Space Center.

The 45th Space Wing confirmed there was an incident during a Crew Dragon test. No injuries were reported.

“Ensuring that our systems meet rigorous safety standards and detecting anomalies like this prior to flight are the main reasons why we test,” the spokesperson added.

“Our teams are investigating and working closely with our NASA partners.”

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