Space X capsule designed to carry people into space ‘burns up on launchpad’

Rob Waugh
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket are positioned inside the company’s hangar at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida (Space X/AP)

A Space X capsule designed to carry human crews into space appears to have met a fiery end in a test in Cape Canaveral.

Witnesses reported huge plumes of smoke rising from the test site after the test in Florida at the weekend.

Leaked video appears to show the capsule ‘exploding’, but NASA and Space X said the area was clear and no one was harmed. 

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A company spokesperson said, ‘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.’

NASA plans to use the Dragon capsule to carry astronauts to the International Space Station, and has already carried out uncrewed tests of the vehicle.

NASA’s Jim Bridenstine said, ‘ NASA has been notified about the results of the @SpaceX Static Fire Test and the anomaly that occurred during the final test.

‘We will work closely to ensure we safely move forward with our Commercial Crew Program.’