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SpaceX Reports Problem With Launch Of Dragon Capsule

The SpaceX mission to resupply the International Space Station has encountered a problem, the founder of the private space firm, Elon Musk, has announced via Twitter.

"Issue with Dragon thruster pods. System inhibiting three of four from initializing. About to command inhibit override," Musk tweeted shortly after an otherwise successful launch of the Dragon capsule, which is carrying about a ton of supplies to the ISS.

Musk is monitoring the flight from SpaceX Mission Control in California, according to The Associated Press.

The AP reports, "the trouble cropped up nine minutes after Friday's launch from Cape Canaveral."

We'll update as soon as we know more.

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asic_sys_one | March 9, 2013 at 11:42 a.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

I wish you, or NPR, would apply more effort & extend the reporting of the space travel lead by one small company, SpaceX, here in our state.

This development is an historical achievement and its important may be compared to the evolution made by aviation pioneers at the begining of the last century.

It deserves the coverage of its technology, goals and difficulties.. please do not miss this historical path.

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