McGregor: SpaceX Dragon Capsule On Its Way To International Space Station

MCGREGOR (March 1, 2013)--The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon spacecraft lifted off on schedule Friday morning from Cape
Canaveral, Fla., on its third trip to the International Space Station.

California-based SpaceX, which tests its rocket motors in McGregor, is sending the unmanned Dragon capsule filled with more than a ton of tools, computer hardware and science experiments to the orbiting lab.

The private spacecraft ran into trouble with its thrusters shortly after liftoff Friday morning.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says all four sets of maneuvering thrusters should be working soon.

The problem might have been caused by a stuck valve or line blockage.

The delay means that the unmanned Dragon won't arrive at the space station as originally scheduled on Saturday.

It’s the Dragon’s third trip to the space station, which NASA is paying SpaceX to supply.

In May 2012 the Dragon became the first commercial vehicle to dock with the space station and in October 2012 it completed its first official resupply mission.


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