SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket blasted off Friday to send an unmanned Dragon cargo capsule on its quickest trip yet to the International Space Station, laden with supplies, scientific experiments and some fruity goodies.
"SpaceX continues America's mission to resupply the International Space Station from U.S. soil," NASA's launch control commentator declared as the Falcon 9 ascended from its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 10:10 a.m. ET.
Minutes after launch, SpaceX reported an apparent problem with the Dragon in orbit, but no further details were provided immediately. John Insprucker, Falcon 9 product director, said a news briefing would be conducted later Friday to discuss the status of what's expected to be a three-week resupply mission.