SpaceX’s strategy involves building its engines and rockets at one location and shipping them to another to test. The rockets are returned to their original location or sent to another area depending on how they were used.
Unexpected events occurred with the Falcon 9 rocket. NASASpaceflight tweeted that the rocket collided with a Texas bridge while being transported. It was due to the bridge’s low height.
NASA confirmed in a follow up report that the rocket that crashed into the bridge was indeed designed for the Crew 5 mission. Crew 4, NASA’s previous mission to the sky, took place in April this year. According to the report, SpaceX and NASA are also testing the rocket.
SpaceX will replace the rocket’s intermediate stage and some of its onboard instruments. The equipment was damaged during transit from SpaceX’s Hawthorne California manufacturing plant to the company’s Texas test site. The launch vehicle will be subject to further testing and evaluation after the equipment replacement.