Anomaly during a test of a SpaceX astronaut capsule sends smoke over Cape

A SpaceX Crew Dragon test capsule suffered an anomaly at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday afternoon, sending plumes of smoke into the sky over the Space Coast.

According to a statement from SpaceX, the vehicle was on the test stand at Landing Zone 1 at the Cape undergoing a “series of engine tests” when the issue happened.

“The initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand,” SpaceX said in a statement. “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.