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SpaceX launches supplies to space station after power delays

May 04, 2019

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A SpaceX Falcon rocket carrying a load of supplies lifts off from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. on Saturday. — AP
A SpaceX Falcon rocket carrying a load of supplies lifts off from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. on Saturday. — AP

SpaceX has launched a load of supplies to the International Space Station, running at full power following repairs.

A Falcon rocket blasted off from Florida early on Saturday, carrying a Dragon capsule with 5,500 pounds of goods. This recycled Dragon which is making its second space trip is due to arrive at the orbiting lab on Monday.

The delivery is a few days late because of power shortages that cropped up first at the space station, then at the rocket-landing platform in the Atlantic. Both problems were quickly resolved.

SpaceX aims to land its first-stage booster on the ocean platform close to shore. The booster should have returned to Cape Canaveral, but SpaceX is still cleaning up from the April 20 accident that destroyed an empty crew Dragon capsule.