SpaceX’s prototyping facility in Cocoa, California, was hit by a fire on Monday which damaged equipment and infrastructure, according to local reports.
No people were injured in the small blaze, which is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault.
A spokesperson for the city told Florida Today that the fire broke out around noon and was extinguished by the Cocoa Fire Department.
James Gleeson, spokesperson for SpaceX, told the local publication: “This afternoon, a small fire occurred at a SpaceX facility in Cocoa.
“The fire was contained to a sea van on site and extinguished thanks to the Cocoa Fire Department, which responded within minutes.
“There were no injuries as a result of the fire, and the cause is under investigation,” Mr Gleeson added.
Yvonne Martinez, spokesperson for the city authorities, said she believed the fire could have caused as much as $100,000 (£80,000) in damages to the shipping container and building.
It is the latest blaze to impact the private launch company after a launchpad test of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon vehicle – intended to one day fly astronauts to the International Space Station – ended in flames in April.
At the time the company acknowledged it had been conducting “a series of engine tests on a Crew Dragon test vehicle” in Cape Canaveral in Florida.
“The initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand,” said the statement, which followed social media images of the spacecraft appearing to explode.
The company’s technology has to be rigorously tested before it can be used to launch or carry people into space.
Earlier this year an unmanned SpaceX Dragon capsule splashed down in the Atlantic after a short stay at the International Space Station.
It was the first time a commercial space system built for humans had been successfully flight tested by NASA.
Source: SKY NEWS