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A SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket, carrying the Arabsat 6A communications satellite, lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on April 11, 2019.
Elon Musk's SpaceX suffered an anomaly in one of its Crew Dragon capsules while conducting engine tests at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Saturday, the company said.
"The initial tests have been completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand," the company said in a statement.
The issue was previously reported by Florida Today, which said that the orange smoke was rising above SpaceX's facilities, and that the anomaly was contained without injuries.
SpaceX said its teams are investigating and are working closely with U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) partners.
"NASA has been notified about the results of the SpaceX Static Fire Test and the anomaly that occurred during the final test," its administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a tweet.
"This is why we test. We will learn , make the necessary adjustments and safely move forward with our Commercial Crew Program, "he added.
NASA has awarded SpaceX and Boeing a total of $ 6.8 billion to build competing rocket and capsule systems to launch an astronaut into an orbit from the American soil.
In March, the privately owned SpaceX successfully completed its mission of sending unmanned capsules to the International Space Station and returning safely to Earth, a mission seen as crucial for NASA's plans to resume human space flight from U.S. soil
SpaceX's first crewed test flight is slated to launch in July with U.S. Astronaut Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken.