SpaceX delays launch to freshly repaired space station

Visitors at Playalinda Beach look on as a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launches from Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Crew Dragon spacecraft was successfully launched March 2, 2019, on an unpiloted flight to the International Space Station.

The capsule for was destroyed during a ground test on April 20 art as Cape Canaveral, SpaceX admitted on Thursday.

Almost 2 weeks after a fiery explosion during a ground test of its new crew capsule, SpaceX confirmed on Thursday that the vehicle was destroyed, but neither the company nor NASA, its primary customer, have publicly acknowledged the nature of the mishap. Instead, the first-stage booster was aiming for a barge stationed about 12 miles offshore, much closer than usual.

As you mentioned already, Crew Dragon is built upon the heritage of Cargo Dragon but these are different spacecraft.

Koenigsmann said initial data indicated that the anomaly occurred during the activation of the engine SuperDraco, but he said he didn't believe the engines themselves caused the accident.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule is hoisted onto a ship in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast after it returned from an unmanned mission to the International Space Station.

In the last minute, the launch was postponed until April 30, which NASA and SpaceX justified by the need for some more checks and tests, and also to wait for better orbital conditions.

"It's certainly not great news for the schedule overall", Koenigsmann said.

Workers were warned that they could be fired if they publicly share any videos or images from inside the Kennedy Space Center, the Orlando Sentinel reported on Wednesday, citing an internal letter sent to NASA contractors. And so we will take the lessons learned from this and I'm convinced this will help us to ensure that Crew Dragon is one of the safest human spaceflight vehicles ever built. He noted SpaceX has "multiple spacecraft" in various stages of production, which he said should mitigate any effect the loss of this capsule will have on the test flight schedule.

At the test stand we powered up Dragon and it powered up as expected. They also serve as an escape system should something go wrong during launch.

SpaceX confirmed today that the Crew Dragon capsule exploded during a recent test, weeks before the capsule was scheduled to carry astronauts to the International Space Station.

The company still needs to conduct a launch-abort test, before astronauts strap in.

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