SpaceX ISS Flight, March 2013

March 1, 2013 by  

SpaceX ISS Flight, March 2013, A commercial vessel carrying a ton of supplies for the International Space Station ran into thruster trouble shortly after liftoff Friday, and flight controllers scrambled to fix the problem.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk said three of the four sets of thrusters on the company’s unmanned Dragon capsule did not immediately kick in, delaying the release of the solar panels.

Dragon’s twin solar wings swung open two hours later than planned as SpaceX worked to bring up the idled thrusters and keep the capsule on track for a planned Saturday arrival at the space station. The company said in a statement that a fuel valve was at fault, and that two sets of thrusters were needed before the Dragon could begin the series of maneuvers needed to get to the space station.

The Dragon is equipped with 18 thrusters, divided into four sets, and can maneuver adequately even with some unavailable.

Attempting bring up of thruster pods 2 and 4

– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 1, 2013

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