Cape Canavaral, Fla. - Space X may have had a recent successful crewless flight, but a new situation may push back the sending of a real crew into space.
A spokesperson from Space X said that during a routine engine static test firing Saturday afternoon, the Crew Dragon Capsule suffered an "anomaly", causing a large plume of smoke to flood into the air.
The following statement was released:
"Earlier today, SpaceX conducted a series of engine tests on a Crew Dragon test vehicle on our test stand at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand.
Ensuring that our systems meet rigorous safety standards and detecting anomalies like this prior to flight are the main reasons why we test. Our teams are investigating and working closely with our NASA partners."
There were no reported injuries and the anomaly was able to be contained.
Due to the recent successful Crew Dragon Capsule launch to the International Space Station in March, leaders said they wanted to send a crew on board as early as July. However, because of the investigation surrounding the anomaly, the schedule is now under review.