SpaceX confirmed on Thursday at a press conference that one of Crew Dragon's capsules destined for manned space flights was destroyed during a test in Florida, according to CNBC. SpaceX has yet to provide further details about the incident, claiming only that it was the result of an "anomaly". Despite the setback, the company maintains the plan to launch another Crew Dragon capsule to dock at the International Space Station (ISS).
At the press conference, Hans Koenigsmann, senior manager of SpaceX, highlighted the successful part of the test. The capsule was triggered as expected and the Draco boosters in Cargo Dragon were successfully fired for five seconds each. According to Koenigsmann, the anomaly occurred shortly before firing the SuperDraco engine. Both SpaceX and NASA are reviewing telemetry data and other information to determine what exactly will have gone wrong.
The loss of the vehicle represents a significant setback for SpaceX. The Crew Dragon destroyed in the test was the same vehicle that had successfully docked on the International Space Station in March. The unmanned capsule had been on mission for five days at the ISS before returning and landing successfully in the Atlantic Ocean.