SpaceX Announces Problems After Launch Of Rocket To Supply Space Station

Category: Technology / Mar 01, 2013 3:09PM EDT
Space Exploration Technologies sent a rocket to the International Space Station on Friday (March 01) carrying a capsule filled with supplies, food, and science experiments. The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo ship took place at 10 AM, just south of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, from the company’s launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. But, just 11 minutes after lift-off, engineers discovered a problem with the Dragon capsule’s solar wing panels. The capsule is schedule to reach the station on Saturday morning carrying over 2,300 pounds of space equipment. SpaceX billionaire founder Elon Musk announced on Twitter that there was a problem with the Dragon’s thruster pods. More details are expected to follow. The cargo run is the second of 12 missions for privately owned SpaceX under a $1.6 billion NASA contract. SpaceX conducted its first supply run to the orbital outpost in October, following a successful test flight to the space state in May 2012. NASA has now turned to private companies to help ferry supplies to the Space Station following the retirement of its shuttle fleet in 2011. Video Source: Reuters