Space station capsule engine problem may be fixed

MARCIA DUNN
March 1, 2013
In a photo provided by NASA, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with it's Dragon spacecraft onboard, is seen shortly after it was erected at Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Friday, March 1, 2013. Launch of the second SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services mission is scheduled for later Friday morning. (AP Photo/Nasa, Bill Ingalls)
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In a photo provided by NASA, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with it's Dragon spacecraft onboard, is seen shortly after it was erected at Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Friday, March 1, 2013. Launch of the second SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services mission is scheduled for later Friday morning. (AP Photo/Nasa, Bill Ingalls)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX says it looks like an engine problem with its orbiting Dragon capsule has been fixed. But the vessel's arrival at the International Space Station with a load of supplies 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 California-based company has a contract with NASA to make a dozen deliveries to restock the space station. This is the third trip by a Dragon capsule to the station.