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Old April 21st, 2019 #1
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Default SpaceX's Crew Dragon Capsule Destroyed In Engine Test

NASA Administrator Statement on SpaceX Static Fire Test
The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on the Sat., April 20 SpaceX Static Fire Test:

"The NASA and SpaceX teams are assessing the anomaly that occurred today during a part of the Dragon Super Draco Static Fire Test at SpaceX Landing Zone 1 in Florida. This is why we test. We will learn, make the necessary adjustments and safely move forward with our Commercial Crew Program."

Last Updated: April 20, 2019
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So far very little information on what happened.
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Old April 21st, 2019 #2
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Instead of liquid-fueled Super Dracos, maybe SpaceX should have gone with what works, the old solid-fueled launch abort towers used on Mercury, Apollo and Soyuz to pull the capsule away from a malfunctioning booster rocket which are jettisoned when they aren't needed after a certain point in a launch. Perhaps SpaceX engineers felt that would be a step backward. Either way, this is not going to inspire a lot of confidence in SpaceX's designs and Elon Musk himself after past failures with his Falcon rockets. But this is why tests are done, and they will find out eventually what went wrong and fix it. So meanwhile, u.s. astronauts will have to keep riding in Russia's Soyuz vehicles to get into space. After all the anti-Russian hysteria and economic sanctions on the KWA's part in recent years, I wouldn't blame the Russians if they told NASA to go take a flying fuck.
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