Vice President of SpaceX on the mission Hans Koenigsmann confirmed today during a press conference that the capsule Crew Dragon, which flew to the International space station in March — however, without astronauts aboard — were destroyed during a failed test 20 APR. But Kingsman does not use the word “explosion”. And we will.
Earlier this week there was a powerful explosion at the landfill SpaceX at Cape Canaveral. Only twelve days after that, SpaceX has publicly acknowledged that the Crew Dragon capsule was “completely lost.” This was stated by Senator Richard Shelby, the Manager of the NASA budget.
To date, SpaceX called the incident “an anomaly” — but it’s understated description, “a thick, bright orange flashes”, which rose above the horizon.
Comments Krigsman followed after the note, obtained by the Orlando Sentinel earlier this week sort of confirmed that the video of the explosion during the test was genuine.
What was the cause of the explosion? Krigsman stated that the “machine was destroyed” — but before the engine was running. This suggests that the “anomaly” occurred not because of the eight emergency engines Crew Dragon.
“We have no reason to believe that the problem with by the SuperDraco engines”, confirmed Krigsman at a press event.
So, where we have sent Demo 2, in such a case? The first test flight of the Crew Dragon was to be held in July. Krigsman says that “clearly, there is hope” that a test flight will still be held this year. SpaceX is developing several devices. But the cause of the accident during the tests is still subject to investigation.