SpaceX said it was "optimistic" Friday after a thruster outage delayed the latest resupply mission of its unmanned Dragon capsule en route to the International Space Station.
This NASA photo shows the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with its Dragon spacecraft onboard, shortly after it was erected at Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on March 1, 2013. The unmanned Dragon capsule launched on Friday by US firm SpaceX encountered problems en route to the space station when three of its four thrusters failed to fire up, the company said.
SpaceX and NASA officials said the cargo resupply mission was still on track, but the technical mishap could fuel concerns about the US agency's ambitious plans to cut costs by privatizing elements of the space program.
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