SpaceX Dragon capsule engine problem may be fixed for trip to space station
By The Associated Press
Artist rendering of the SpaceX Dragon capsule
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX says it looks like an engine problem with its orbiting Dragon capsule has been fixed, but its arrival at the International Space Station will be delayed.
The unmanned Falcon rocket lifted off Friday morning, carrying the Dragon capsule into space for a supply run, but the privately-owned spacecraft ran into trouble with its thrusters shortly after launch.
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.
But the delay means that the unmanned Dragon won't get to the space station on Saturday
The Dragon capsule on board is filled with more than a ton of space station supplies and experiments.
Light clouds obscured some of the 10:10 a.m. launch, which appeared to go off without a hitch.
NASA is paying SpaceX, a private company, to deliver cargo to the space station, and bring back science samples and other goods. This will be the company's third delivery mission.
There's no ice cream this time for the six space station astronauts. The freezers are full. But SpaceX included fruit straight from the orchard.
Musk has said he hopes to fly people aboard a modified Dragon capsule by 2015.