A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule suffered an anomaly during a routine test fire at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Saturday afternoon, the 45th Space Wing confirmed today.
“On April 20, 2019, an anomaly occurred at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station during the Dragon 2 static test fire,” Wing Spokesman Jim Williams told FLORIDA TODAY. “The anomaly was contained and there were no injuries.”
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, also referred to as Dragon 2, is designed to take humans to the International Space Station and successfully flew for the first time in March. The company was planning to launch a crewed version of the spacecraft no earlier than July, but was also planning an in-flight abort test, or a demonstration of its life-saving abort capabilities, sometime before then.
It is unknown which Crew Dragon spacecraft was involved in the Saturday anomaly.
FLORIDA TODAY Photographer Craig Bailey, at a local beach, captured an image of orange plumes at the cape around 3:30 p.m. The Wing said SpaceX is expected to take over communications about the incident later today.
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