SpaceX’s Dragon Accident May Stop NASA’s Plans To Launch Astronauts From US Soil
An explosion took place this past Saturday April 20th, at the landing zone 1 in Florida of SpaceX’s test base. The SpaceX “Dragon Super Draco Static Fire Test” was an ultimate flop resulting in a destroyed test version of SpaceX’s “Crew Dragon Spacecraft”. The incident has caused NASA and SpaceX to both assess the anomaly that occurred and release a statement via Twitter. Jim Bridenstine NASA’s administrator had this to say: "This is why we test. We will learn, make the necessary adjustments and safely move forward with our Commercial Crew Program." On March 2nd Space X launched a successful test run of the Dragon Crew Spacecraft, which ended up going to the international space station and making it’s way back a week later only to plunge into the Atlantic Ocean. Once reviewing the space crafts physical condition reports claimed that the spaceship resembled a charred marshmallow. NASA and SpaceX’s crew were scheduled to launch an actual astronaut crew on July 25th of 2019. Now because of this recent set back that date may be delayed even further. The reason for their efforts to launch from US Soil is to part ways with the Russia’s Soyuz rocket capsule combo to transport astronauts to and from the international space station. NASA looks forward to ending its reliance on Russian space vehicles.