The Crew Dragon (Dragon 2) spacecraft from US private space company SpaceX suffered a problem during static combustion tests of its launch abortion engines, SpaceNews reported, citing a SpaceX spokesman.
“Earlier today (Saturday), SpaceX conducted a series of engine tests on a Crew Dragon vehicle at our test site at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral, Florida, the initial tests were successful, but the The final test resulted in an anomaly at the test site, “said the company representative.
He added that SpaceX is investigating the anomaly in close cooperation with its partners in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
This result, according to SpaceNews, is a setback for the aerospace company, which plans to carry out a Crew Dragon manned test flight in July 2019.
The US Air Force confirmed that during a SpaceX test there was “an incident,” which caused no injuries.
Witnesses on the beaches near Cape Canaveral claimed to have seen a cloud of black smoke near the Air Force facilities.
The Dragon cargo ship, designed by the US company SpaceX, made a total of 17 trips to the International Space Station (ISS) between 2012 and 2018.
Later, the company created the so-called Dragon 2 in two versions: Crew Dragon, which will fly with crew, and Cargo Dragon, with loads.
Since 2011 Russia is the only country that carries out manned missions to the ISS.
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