Waarom NASA gebruik maakt van private contractors om naar ISS te gaan (overgenomen van CNN)

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[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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Over Marco de Baar

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