A cloud of orange smoke rises over nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as seen from Cocoa Beach, Fla., Saturday, April 20, 2019. SpaceX reported an anomaly during test firing of their Dragon 2 capsule at their LZ-1 landing site. (Craig Bailey/Florida Today via AP)
Photo: Craig Bailey/AP
Photo: Craig Bailey/AP

SpaceX Crew Dragon vehicle experiences 'anomaly' during test

Witnesses reported seeing the large plume of smoke around 3:30 p.m. 

A SpaceX spokesperson released the following statement

"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."

Officials did not say if this would cause any delay for the launch of a Crew Dragon capsule targeted for July. 

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon successfully flew without a crew to the International Space Station in March. Officials had previously said the first flight with astronauts could be as early as this summer, but the schedule is under review.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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