Investigators Still Determining Cause of Crew Dragon Testing Failure Last Month
By Emilee Speck – WKMG // May 28, 2019
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA (WKMG) – In the first update from NASA since SpaceX’s astronaut capsule was lost more than a month ago in a testing mishap at Cape Canaveral more than a month ago, the agency said investigators are still determining the root cause of the Crew Dragon testing failure.
On April 20, SpaceX was testing the Crew Dragon’s SuperDraco engines at Landing Zone 1 and 2 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station when the spacecraft was destroyed, sending orange-tinted smoke above the Space Coast.
“The Crew Dragon static fire was designed as a health check of the spacecraft’s Draco systems and to demonstrate integrated system SuperDraco performance,” NASA said. “During the static fire, SpaceX successfully completed a firing of 12 service section Dracos with the anomaly occurring during the activation of the SuperDraco system.”
Prior to the incident, “SpaceX has tested the SuperDraco thrusters hundreds of times,” according to NASA.
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