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The Crew Dragon Mishap And The History Of Testing Spacecraft

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Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. Photo: NASA / KSC

Earlier this month, SpaceX was testing the engines on its Crew Dragon- the capsule designed to carry astronauts into orbit- when something went wrong.

The mishap sent a plume of smoke billowing over Cape Canaveral, and speculation about the commercial crew program swirling.

So what’s changed in five decades of testing spacecraft, and what does this anomaly mean for NASA’s partnership with SpaceX and Boeing? For more we’re joined by 90.7’s space reporter Brendan Byrne and UCF associate professor of history Amy Foster.

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About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »