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A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, carrying the Arabsat 6A communications satellite, lifts off via the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, April 11, 2019.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX suffered an anomaly in one of its Crew Dragon capsules while conducting engine tests at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Saturday, the company said.
“The initial tests completed successfully yet the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand,” the company said in a statement.
The issue was earlier reported by Florida Today, which said orange smoke was seen rising above SpaceX’s facilities, in addition to also in which the anomaly was contained with no injuries.
SpaceX said its teams are investigating in addition to also are working closely with U.S. National Aeronautics in addition to also Space Administration (NASA) partners.
“NASA has been notified about the results of the SpaceX Static Fire Test in addition to also the anomaly in which occurred during the final test,” its administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a tweet.
“This kind of will be why we test. We will learn, make the necessary adjustments in addition to also safely move forward with our Commercial Crew Program,” he added.
NASA has awarded SpaceX in addition to also Boeing a total of $6.8 billion to build competing rocket in addition to also capsule systems to launch astronauts into orbit via American soil.
In March, the privately owned SpaceX successfully completed its mission of sending an unmanned capsule to the International Space Station in addition to also returned safely to Earth, a mission seen as crucial to NASA’s plans to resume human space flight via U.S. soil.
SpaceX’s first crewed test flight will be slated to launch in July with U.S. astronauts Doug Hurley in addition to also Bob Behnken.