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SpaceX said its accident investigation as likely cause of the April explosion

SpaceX said its accident investigation as likely cause of the April explosion
SpaceX said its accident investigation as likely cause of the April explosion
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As Elon Musk's SpaceX closes in on the possible cause of a fiery explosion in April that destroyed one of its astronaut capsules, a company executive said on Monday its plan to launch humans into space this year looked "increasingly difficult." One of the space company's Crew Dragon capsules exploded on a test stand at a Florida Air Force station moments before firing eight emergency abort thrusters designed to propel an on-board crew to safety in the event of a failure.

SpaceX said its accident investigation as likely cause of the April explosion

Crew Dragon was slated earlier this year to carry US astronauts to the International Space station in a first manned test mission in July, although that date slipped until November following the explosion and some other hitches in the vehicle's design. Monday's comments were a fresh sign that the schedule could slip into 2020.



"I'm pretty optimistic at this point in time because we have a good path forward," Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX’s vice president of Build & Flight Reliability told reporters on a conference call as the company provided fresh details from the investigation. My emphasis is really on making sure this is safe and by the end of this year, I don't think it's impossible, but it's getting increasingly difficult."


SpaceX said its accident investigation as likely cause of the April explosion
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