Friday, March 1, 2013

Problems With SpaceX Thrusters After Launch

HOUSTON, Texas -- After the Falcon 9 rocket delivered the Dragon capsule into orbit from its launch pad in Cape Canaveral Florida, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that, "Issue with Dragon thruster pods. System inhibiting three of four from initializing. About to command inhibit override."

NASA officials at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, who are in charge of the International Space Station missions, will hold a press conference about the issue shortly.

Last October, a satellite launched as a secondary mission payload aboard the SpaceX Cargo Re-Supply Services (CRS-1) mission fell out of its intended orbit due to one of the SpaceX Falcon 9 Merlin rocket engines failing during launch.