SpaceX capsule suffers anomaly, seen through miles of smoke



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This Sunday, March 3, 2019 file photo provided by NASA, SpaceX Crew Dragon is about 20 meters (66 feet) away from the Harmony module of the International Space Station. Officials say SpaceX's new capsule for astronauts has suffered a "malfunction" during a routine engine test in Florida, causing smoke to be seen for miles. 45th spacecraft spokesman Jim Williams told Florida Today that the anomaly occurred on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station while the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule was undergoing a "static test."

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Authorities say SpaceX's new space capsule for astronauts has suffered a "malfunction" during a routine engine test in Florida, causing smoke to be seen for miles.

Forty Space Wing spokesman Jim Williams told Florida Today that the anomaly occurred on Saturday at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station while the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule was undergoing a "static fire test."
Williams says no one was injured and the anomaly was contained.

The SpaceX Command successfully flew unmanned to the International Space Station in March. Officials had already said that the first astronaut flight could be earlier this summer, but the timeline is under review.
In a statement, SpaceX said it is committed to ensuring that its systems "meet stringent security standards." She says she is investigating why the anomaly occurred.

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