Elon Musk's SpaceX suffers capsule anomaly during Florida tests

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With SpaceX and NASA still mute on details of what they dubbed an "anomaly" during the latest Crew Dragon capsule safety test - a video has leaked online apparently showing a "rapid unscheduled disassembly" event, aka a big boom.

But when has anything as complex as firing up rockets gone smoothly for extended periods of time?

A US Air Force spokesperson told local press the incident, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, had been contained and no-one had been injured.

SpaceX suffered an "anomaly" in a Crew Dragon capsule during static fire tests at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday.

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SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk in 2002, said it had opened an investigation and was committed to ensuring its systems met "rigorous safety standards". That Dragon was slated to be reused for the upcoming in-flight abort test. In a statement, Jim Bridenstine, the Administrator of the Agency, said that anomalies like this are "why we test", and that the space agency would "learn, make the necessary adjustments" and continued to push forward with its Commercial Crew Program.

The so-called "anomaly" occurred during testing of the SuperDraco thrusters-part of the Crew Dragon's launch abort system-SpaceNews explained.

The Crew Dragon spacecraft was launched for the first time on an uncrewed test mission earlier the year. The test "sent a reddish-orange plume into the sky visible for miles around", suggesting a fairly serious malfunction of the engine systems, said Spaceflight Now, which described the anomaly as an accident.

NASA is providing billions of dollars to support the development of the Crew Dragon - an upgraded version of the robotic cargo capsule that has been delivering supplies to the space station since 2012 - as well as Boeing's CST-100 Starliner space taxi.

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According to representatives of the U.S. space agency, the reason for the postponing of the launch was the inconsistencies in the implementation of the spacecraft launch process due to the limited capabilities of the ISS station, and April 30 is the most acceptable date for both organizations.

It was unclear Saturday night if the mishap would affect that timeline.

Nasa is counting on SpaceX's capsule, as well as Boeing's Starliner, to ferry astronauts to and from the ISS, a task handled since 2011 by Russian Federation.

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