Weather Cooperates, SpaceX Launches

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (April 18, 2014) The weather cooperated and a fresh load of supplies is finally on its way to the International Space Station as a SpaceX rocket blasted off Friday from Cape Canaveral.

Storms cleared out at Cape Canaveral just in time for the mid-afternoon launch of the private company’s Dragon capsule, loaded with 2 ½ tons of supplies for the International Space Station.

The capsule is scheduled to reach the orbiting lab on Easter morning, which pushes a spacewalk to repair a computer to Wednesday.

SpaceX tests its rocket motors at its facility in McGregor, west of Waco.

Two U.S. astronauts will attempt to replace an external backup computer that failed last Friday.

The primary computer still works fine, but NASA wants a reliable spare.

A double failure would seriously compromise critical space station systems and hinder visits by the Dragon and other vessels.

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