In this photo taken from a Kennedy Space Center tour bus, an orange plume rises from a SpaceX Crew Dragon test vehicle after an accident during engine testing at Cape Canaveral (📷: @fsedano). FULL STORY: https://t.co/9RbqgB0jKo pic.twitter.com/RLfaIZeY8M
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NASA has released the following statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine:
The NASA and SpaceX teams are assessing the anomaly that occurred today during a part of the Dragon Super Drago Static Fire Test at SpaceX Landing Zone 1 in Florida. This is why we test. We will learn, make the necessary adjustments, and safely move forward with our Commercial Crew Program.
SpaceX has been scheduled to conduct an in-flight abort test using the Super Drago engines in June. That test would use the same Crew Dragon spacecraft that successfully flew to the International Space Station last month.
A flight test to the space station with crew would follow in July. Both those flights could be delayed depending upon the outcome of the investigation into today’s anomaly.
UPDATE NO. 1, 5:53 pm PDT: Source at the Cape says the Crew Dragon that flew to ISS last month was destroyed in an explosion. In-flight abort and flight test to ISS scheduled for June and July, respectively, have been postponed indefinitely.
UDPATE NO. 2, 6:08 pm PDT: Some uncertainty about which spacecraft was involved. Will update.
UPDATE NO. 3, 8:35 am PDT: Yeah, looks like the initial report was accurate. Appears to be the DM-1 spacecraft that flew to station.