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SpaceX capsule suffers ‘anomaly’ as smoke is spotted from Florida test site

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 file photo, SpaceX's Dragon capsule, right, sits in a SpaceX hangar in Cape Canaveral, Fla. On Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, officials set March 2 as the latest launch date for an unmanned test. If the demo goes well, two NASA astronauts will take a test flight in July. (AP Photo/Marcia Dunn)

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, right, sits in a SpaceX hangar in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP)

The Dragon capsule that SpaceX plans to use to send astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) appears to have suffered from a fault while testing.

According to Elon Musk’s private space company, there was an ‘anomaly’ with the equipment. Onlookers could see smoke rising from the test site.

The United States Air Force told local press that the incident at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station had been contained. They confirmed that there had been no injuries as a result of the problem.

Although an unmanned Dragon capsule successfully flew last month, this incident could mean delays for future manned mission.

SpaceX does have plans to use the Dragon capsule to transport astronauts up to the ISS later this year.

SpaceX Dragon docking "rehearsal" with ISS Grab from BBC News NASA

A SpaceX Dragon docking with the ISS (Nasa)

‘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,’ SpaceX said in a statement.

‘The initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand.’

‘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,’ the company said.

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