A memo obtained by the Orlando Sentinel seems to confirm that a video showing an explosion during a test of SpaceX’s astronaut capsule is authentic – which, as the newspaper points out, neither the Elon Musk-led space venture nor NASA has publicly admitted so far.
“As most of you are aware, SpaceX conducted a test fire of their crew capsule abort engines at [Cape Canaveral Air Force Station], and they experienced an anomaly,” reads the email, which the Sentinel reported was sent to employees of Jacobs, an aerospace company NASA contracts to do testing work.
“Subsequently, video of the failed test – which was not released by SpaceX or NASA – appeared on the internet.”
The video of the apparent blast first appeared on a pseudonymous Twitter account that later deleted the post, though it’s since been mirrored on YouTube.
SpaceX and NASA have remained tight-lipped about the incident, referring to it only as an “anomaly” and pledging to investigate.
The email told Jacobs employees that they were “prohibited from photographing or videotaping operational activities that take place on KSC CCAFS property unless officially authorized,” according to the Sentinel.
“It is up to NASA and other companies onsite to make the determination about what information related to their activities is released to the public.”