Friday, March 01, 2013

Space X Dragon Resupply Launches

Kallamis noted that Space X's Friday launch of the Dragon resupply vehicle had problems. 

Space X Founder Elon Musk reported a that three out of the four sets of thrusters did not fire. 

Elon stated, as controllers tried to override the Dragon's automated system, that he wants at least two of the thruster pods functional before he oks deployment of Dragon's solar panels. 

The initial launch went according to plan and it wasn't until nine minutes after launch when Dragon separated from the upper stages of the launch vehicle.   This is the first problem that Space X has had since it started launching supplies to the ISS.  Two previous deliveries, last year, went according to plan. 

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