SpaceX Rocket Suffers Thruster Glitch Following Launch

Friday, 01 Mar 2013 03:41 PM

By Michael Mullins

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Shortly after its Friday morning launch, SpaceX engineers at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station scrambled to resolve an apparent thruster problem that could have potentially derailed the space transport company's latest resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Nine minutes after the launch at 10 a.m., a Dragon cargo capsule went into orbit by the 157-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket. Moments later, engineers monitoring the capsule from the ground reported a problem.

Three of the SpaceX Dragon's four thruster pods did not activate properly, likely due to on-board systems, delaying the spacecraft's deployment of two solar arrays, USA Today reports.

Several hours later, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced via Twitter that the company's mission controllers managed to successfully deploy the solar array shortly before noon.

On its current resupply mission to the space station, the cargo capsule was equipped with 1,200 pounds of supplies and science equipment plus an additional 600 pounds of hardware in its unpressurized "trunk," the USA Today reports.

Friday's launch was the second of 12 resupply missions NASA has contracted out with SpaceX through a $1.6 billion contract. The first successful launch occurred last October, when the Hawthorne, Calif.-based SpaceX made history by being the first privately held company to send a cargo payload to the International Space Station.

The station, which is currently orbiting around 250 miles above the Atlantic, near the New England coastline, has a six-man crew with two Americans, one Canadian, and three Russians. The present commander at the space station is NASA astronaut Kevin Ford.

NASA also awarded SpaceX a contract to develop and demonstrate human-rated Dragon transports, which it says will be ready by 2015. If all goes as planned, the capsule will arrive at the station on Saturday, where it will remain for three weeks, according to the SpaceX website.

The vessel will return to Earth March 25, splashing down off the coast of Baja, California.

Related Links:

Star Trek's 'Scotty' to Reach Final Frontier on SpaceX Rocket


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved