SpaceX confirmed that the Crew Dragon manned spacecraft was killed during the tests. This is reported by CNN.
Vice President Hans Koenigsmann (Hans Koenigsmann) told reporters that the disaster occurred just before the launch of the SuperDraco engines used in the emergency rescue system. The investigation into the causes of the incident continues.
According to Koenigsmann, SpaceX still hopes that the first manned flight of Crew Dragon will take place this year. The company has already begun construction of other ships.
Eight SuperDraco engines are installed around the perimeter of the Dragon capsule. They are used for emergency evacuation of the crew in case of failure of the launch vehicle. For five seconds, they are able to lift the capsule up to 500 meters and thus quickly take it away from the possible source of an accident.
It was expected that the demonstration of the emergency rescue system would be held in June, and the first manned flight of Crew Dragon was scheduled for July. NASA does not exclude that now the launch schedule will be changed.
Earlier it was reported about the explosion, which occurred during the fire tests of the engines of the manned spacecraft Crew Dragon, flying to the International Space Station. A contingency occurred on April 20 at Cape Canaveral in the United States.
The first test flight of a manned spacecraft (without crew) took place on March 2.
On September 16, 2014, SpaceX and Boeing were named the winners of the CCtCap (Commercial Crew Transportation Capability) program, which envisions the creation of US manned spacecraft for flights to near-Earth orbit. The SpaceX Crew Dragon project received 2.6 billion dollars, Boeing Starliner – 4.2 billion.
NASA’s last manned space flight took place in July 2011. After the closure of the American Space Shuttle program, delivery of people to the ISS was carried out exclusively by the Soviet-Russian one-time three-seat ships Soyuz TMA, Soyuz TMA-M and Soyuz MS.
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