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Samantha Masunaga

Samantha Masunaga covers aerospace for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining The Times in 2014, she has covered local and national breaking news, the craft beer industry and Southern California’s Japanese American community. Masunaga has previously worked for the Oregonian, the Orange County Register and the Rafu Shimpo, among other publications. A Southern California native, she is an alumna of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and UCLA.
SpaceX turned to fast-igniting fuel for its capsule escape system. That could be part of the accident probe

SpaceX wanted a launch escape system that could swiftly propel astronauts away from danger. For that, it turned to a propellant combination that instantly ignites.

SpaceX suffers an accident in ground test of its Crew Dragon astronaut capsule

The anomaly happened during an uncrewed test fire of the Crew Dragon’s SuperDraco engines at Florida’s Cape Canaveral. The engines power the capsule’s launch abort system.

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