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SpaceX will try 1st private cargo run again Tuesday

2:43 PM, May 21, 2012   |    comments
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - Private rocket maker SpaceX is shooting for a Tuesday liftoff after fixing the engine problem that led to a launch abort over the weekend.

The U.S. company is the first private business to attempt to launch a spacecraft with supplies to the International Space Station. The new launch time for the historic flight is 3:44 a.m.

Forecasters say there's an 80 percent chance the weather in Cape Canaveral will cooperate. All nine engines on the Falcon 9 rocket ignited during the first launch attempt Saturday.

But with just a half-second remaining before liftoff, on-board computers shut everything down. The problem was traced to a faulty engine valve.

Engineers put in a new valve and declared the rocket ready to fly.

MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer

The Associated Press

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