Space Station Capsule Engine Problem May be Fixed

Updated: 03/01/2013 2:50 PM By: Leslie Dyste

SpaceX says it looks like an engine problem with its orbiting Dragon capsule has been fixed but its arrival at the International Space Station will be delayed.

The private spacecraft ran into trouble with its thrusters shortly after liftoff Friday morning.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says all four sets of maneuvering thrusters should be working soon. The problem might have been caused by a stuck valve or line blockage.

But the delay means that the unmanned Dragon won't get to the space station on Saturday. The vessel is packed with more than a ton of supplies.

Inside the rocket going to the space station, is a science experiment made by local kids.

Sixteen students at Minnehaha Academy are part of the only team in the Midwest that was picked by NASA to build an experiment to go up in space.
Their experiment will test how polymers, which are in everything from paint to plastic, behave without gravity.

The California-based company has a contact with NASA to make a dozen deliveries to restock the space station. This is the third trip by a Dragon capsule to the station.

The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.