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SpaceX rocket flight to space station

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MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX says it looks like an engine problem with its orbiting Dragon capsule has been fixed. But the vessel's arrival at the International Space Station with a load of supplies will be delayed.

The private spacecraft ran into trouble shortly after liftoff Friday morning.  Trouble with the spacecraft's thrusters cropped up after the liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Flight controllers for the private SpaceX company have partly resolved the problem. The unmanned capsule is loaded with supplies for the International Space Station.

The company's billionaire founder Elon Musk reported via Twitter on Friday that the two solar panels have been deployed. The operation was delayed nearly two hours because of the glitch.The California-based company has a contract with NASA to make a dozen deliveries to restock the space station. This is the third trip by a Dragon capsule to the station.

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.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk hopes to fly people aboard a modified Dragon capsule by 2015.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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