posted on Apr, 29 2019 @ 10:51 AM
UPDATE ON SPACEX DRAGON 2 TEST ANOMALY:
The update is that there is no update.
SpaceX has yet to say anything publicly about the incident during which there was an explosion while test-firing the abort engines and the maneuvering
thrusters on the Dragon 2 crew-ready capsule that returned from space earlier this year.
The only public word we got so far was from NASA the day after it happened. That public message was short, and amounted to NASA telling us that
SpaceX told them that there was an "Anomaly". Reportedly, SpaceX also put out a short press release directly to news outlets mentioning simply that
the was a test anomaly.
However, there has been absolutely nothing on SpaceX's website or their twitter even acknowledging to the public that something happened. This
incident could (and I think the chances are that it will) impact the schedule for the first manned flight of the Dragon 2, thus potentially impacting
the ability for the United States to have a way to send astronauts into space that does not involve buying seats on Russian spacecraft.
Considering this, I think U.S. taxpayers -- who will be paying for SpaceX's rides, and who might instead need to pay the Russians for the "taxi"
service longer than once told -- have a right to be told at least a little about what happened during that failed test and how it impacts NASA's plans
to no longer be reliant on the Russians for astronaut transportation services.
I think SpaceX should at least put out a detailed press release confirming the amount of damage to the vehicle, and what they are doing now to find
the problem and ensure that the problem is not a design flaw in all Dragon capsules, and fix that problem it is. I'm not expecting that they know the
answers yet, but at least acknowledge to the public that there are questions.
Here is an editorial from the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper that talks about SpaceX's public secrecy about this incident:
Public deserves less secrecy
and more information about SpaceX capsule 'anomaly' | Editorial
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