The cloud of reddish-orange smoke rising from the southern tip of Cape Canaveral AFS was an ominous sign to the crowds gathered at Cocoa Beach to enjoy the annual Florida Pro Surf festival on Easter weekend.  SpaceX was about to conduct a static engine test of a Crew Dragon’s SuperDraco thrusters, designed to carry the capsule to safety in case of an accident during launch. The company, which successfully flew its first Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) ...

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