SpaceX says Crew Dragon capsule destroyed in ground test

The International Space Station

SpaceX has delayed a supply run to the International Space Station, back to full power after quick repairs. The impact to the schedule will depend on the results of the accident investigation, he said. The company got $2.6 billion from NASA to build its Crew Dragon.

Hardware issues are to blame for the slip of the NASA commercial cargo mission which was slated to launch from Cape Canaveral this morning. Eastern. Todd said that, should the launch not take place in either instantaneous launch window, NASA and SpaceX would have to wait a week before the next attempt because of scheduled downtime on the Eastern Range.

"We have no reason to believe there is an issue with the SuperDracos themselves", Koenigsmann said, adding that the engines have been tested almost 600 times in the past.

SpaceX was supposed to launch a cargo shipment to the International Space Station on Wednesday. The capsule had successfully test-fired its smaller Draco thrusters, but just before it fired its SuperDraco engines, "there was an anomaly and the vehicle was destroyed".

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 cargo Dragon does not have the SuperDraco thrusters that are embedded into the side of the crew Dragon.

"The vehicle was destroyed", Koenigsmann said.

"Finishing the investigation and resolving this anomaly is actually our prime focus, certainly for me, right now", he said.

Six weeks after a successful test flight without a crew to the space station, the crew Dragon was engulfed in flames during a ground test. SpaceX was in the process of firing the capsule's thrusters on a test stand.

SpaceX was on track to launch a Falcon rocket with station supplies early Friday morning, although approaching storms threatened yet another delay.

On April 29, as crew members up there in the ISS were preparing for the arrival of the 5,500 pounds cargo, the ground team identified issues with one of the station's Main Bus Switching Units (MBSUs) that distributes electricity to two power channels on the station.

The launch day forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of favorable weather for liftoff.

Today's delay is the latest in a series of slips that saw the launch move from April 26 to (now) May 4.

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