After thruster issues after launch on Friday, the SpaceX Dragon capsule containing cargo bound for the International Space Station had to miss this morning's planned docking with the space station. The issues were resolved around 4:30 EST on Friday.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A private rocket blasted off Friday on a supply run to the International Space Station.
The unmanned Falcon rocket is owned by the SpaceX company. The Dragon capsule on board is filled with more than a ton of space station supplies and experiments.
NASA is paying SpaceX to deliver cargo to the space station, and bring back science samples and other goods. This will be the company’s third delivery mission.
Elon Musk just announced on twitter that the SpaceX team has gotten two of the Dragon Capsule's thrusters working, enough to get the capsule back under active control. Pods 1 and 4 now online and thrusters engaged. Dragon transitioned from free drift to active control. Yes!!
After thruster malfunctions following launch this morning, the Dragon Capsule has been forced to cancel tomorrow's planned rendezvous with the ISS. That's according to several people on twitter, including Dan Leone from Space News, and SpaceflightNow, who were listening to the feed from mission control:
Astronauts on the International Space Station will get a fun addition to their space home-away-from-home in 2015. Their new annex is an inflatable balloon to be clamped to the side of the ISS first as a test, then be used as extra storage room.
SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft just set off on its journey to the International Space Station, launching from Cape Canaveral. It is carrying 1,268 pounds of cargo, including food, clothing, and care packages for ISS astronauts.
Commercial space venture SpaceX is set to send its Dragon space capsule to dock with the $100-billion International Space Station in February — a feat that's been accomplished only by the world's wealthiest nations.