SpaceX had numerous successful projects. However, errors happen, and unfortunately, this was the case recently. The emergency escape system of the new spacecraft was tested, but it appears that things did not function properly.
The tests took place on Saturday afternoon. It was a fire test for the emergency system on the Crew Dragon space capsule which should be used by the NASA Commercial Crew program in the future. However, there was an error, and the result was “reddish-orange plume” that was visible for miles.
SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule test ended up with a small explosion
“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 initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand. Ensuring that our systems meet rigorous safety standards and detecting anomalies like this before a flight is the main reasons why we test. Our teams are investigating and working closely with our NASA partners,” declared SpaceX in a statement.
We do not know yet whether this incident will affect the schedule of SpaceX. The vehicle will be used by NASA to send astronauts to space, so it is essential for SpaceX to respect the program. We already know about a minor delay. It has been reported that the first Crew Dragon test with humans on board was supposed to take place on July 25, but the test will probably be “rescheduled for late September or early October.” However, this isn’t a significant timeline change, and we can only hope that the Crew Dragon project won’t be affected.
“This is why we test. We will learn, make the necessary adjustments and safely move forward with our commercial crew program,” tweeted NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.