May 22nd, 2012
03:32 AM ET

SpaceX's rocket blasts off, carrying capsule to space station

[Updated 4:18 am EDT] (CNN) - The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, early Tuesday carrying the first private spacecraft bound for the International Space Station.

The company's Falcon 9 rocket - with its Dragon capsule filled with food, supplies and science experiments - is scheduled to blast off at 3:44 a.m. ET from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The first attempt at launching the rocket was halted Saturday when a flight computer detected "high pressure in the engine 5 combustion chamber," according to the company.

"During rigorous inspections of the engine, SpaceX engineers discovered a faulty check valve on the Merlin engine," the company said in a statement Monday. "The failed valve was replaced on Saturday, and after thorough analysis, the vehicle has been cleared for launch."

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  1. Pady Guinness

    Genuinely thankful for you sharing this posting.really thank you! want further info.

    May 23, 2012 at 11:24 am |
  2. Marco de Baar

    Reblogged this on activescience and commented:
    Waarom NASA gebruik maakt van private contractors om naar ISS te gaan (overgenomen van CNN)

    May 22, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
  3. Awesome

    I bet E.T. cant wait to share space with Corporate America....

    May 22, 2012 at 5:19 am |
  4. kbinmn

    Well, thank goodness someone has moved beyond being PC and has remembered what the US is really about. All hail Obama for his foresight!

    "When I became the NASA administrator, (President Obama) charged me with three things," Bolden said in the interview which aired last week. "One, he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math; he wanted me to expand our international relationships; and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math and engineering."

    May 22, 2012 at 4:39 am |
  5. eric

    actually their is video on youtube of the space shuttle doing exactly the same thing shutting down on the last count because of an error

    May 22, 2012 at 4:37 am |
  6. Sharkmann

    If it was the space shuttle the first failed attempt would have been a disaster because you cannot shut down a solid fuel booster. Cheers for them, but it is still a NASA program that would not have happened without public funding so it does not count as a private sector success.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:31 am |
    • joe

      this only happened because of private sector money- get your facts straight. NASA did help but now they need the private sector.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:45 am |
  7. joe

    Private sector (aka the wealthy) doing good, creating jobs, making science and space advancements! WOW I wonder if Obama will talk about this during one of his class warfare rants? Wait a minute, you mean we NEED the wealthy? The wealthy help the economy and advancements? Someone might want to explain this to Obama and the democrats. Just kidding! Obama already knows this, he's just using class warfare as propaganda and pandering for votes:)

    May 22, 2012 at 4:28 am |
    • Slupdawg

      Joe, you might want to get your facts straight. GWB put the spike in the shuttle program and thus, NASA so he could fund his occupation of the Middle East and Asia forever and ever. Obama inherited all that and a failed, crashing economy.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:33 am |
      • joe

        obama in inherited the 5 trillion dollars obama has spent in 4 years? LOL keep drinking the kool aid! Every single president has inherited the economy from the president before him. The idea is to make it better not worse like obama. So how much longer do you think you can use that for?LOL And my facts are straight this launch was paid for by the private sector(the wealthy) so your ignorant bush comment is irrelevant

        May 22, 2012 at 4:42 am |
  8. James Boyd

    Them guys was gonna land a great big one piece space rocket on the moon."Eez mOst relIable concept", yet better thinking prevailed. The most sophisticated and natural approach to orbiting and such is that there Spaceship One kind a design by that there Rutan fella...>

    May 22, 2012 at 4:08 am |
  9. kevin

    SpaceX – 3, North Korea – 0.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:07 am |
  10. bigdrevideo

    Saw it go over my house in Jacksonville Nc. Looked like a comet in the sky, good job spacex

    May 22, 2012 at 4:07 am |
  11. Dave

    It's in orbit now

    May 22, 2012 at 3:55 am |
  12. Adan

    I can't believe they just showed in CNN that that they use smaller inner vector actuators to in addition to the main ones....I thought this was a secret...North Korean Engineers could be watching.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:51 am |
    • Matt

      Eh, they prefer strapping a hunk of metal to a bottle rocket anyway

      May 22, 2012 at 3:57 am |

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