One of the nine engines on SpaceX’s massive Falcon 9 rocket experienced a problem and shut down during last night’s launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., company officials said.
The anomaly occurred about 1 minute, 19 seconds into the flight. Check it out in the video here or below.
"Initial data suggests that one of the rocket’s nine Merlin engines, Engine 1, lost pressure suddenly and an engine shutdown command was issued immediately," SpaceX said in comment.
The rocket is designed to handle an engine flameout and is slated to complete its mission, SpaceX said. The Falcon 9’s other engines worked to get the Dragon capsule — and the cargo it’s carrying to the International Space Station — into orbit.
"As designed, the flight computer then recomputed a new ascent profile in real time to ensure Dragon’s entry into orbit for subsequent rendezvous and berthing with the ISS,” the company said. "This was achieved, and there was no effect on Dragon or the cargo resupply mission."