Weather Postpones Historic SpaceX Launch

Pablo Tucker
May 28, 2020

"We are go for launch!".

SpaceX's landmark launch to the International Space Station - the first crewed mission to blast off from U.S. soil in nearly a decade and a first for the commercial sector - was set to proceed on time Wednesday, following weather worries. Ever since the space shuttle program was retired in 2011, NASA has relied on Russian spaceships launched from Kazakhstan to take USA astronauts to and from the space station.

The destination of this SpaceX launch? With NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard the Crew Dragon spacecraft, the mission was meant to make the first commercial flight to the International Space Station (ISS). What's happened so far that you've missed?

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine - who shunned shaking palms with the pair - reiterated that it was exclusively the fifth time in historical past that the United States would launch a brand new house flight program. Florida, while normally sunny, does have frequent quick rain showers, and that seems to be what the crew is now facing. However, Trump later tweeted that he would be return for the May 30 launch attempt.

Another variable is the fact that the weather conditions need to be good everywhere this spacecraft might be. The capsule is scheduled to dock with the orbiting lab tomorrow (May 28) at 11:39 a.m. EDT (1539 GMT), and the hatches between the two craft will open about 2.5 hours later.

'Once you see it, you should be able to track it across the sky, and it should be visible for about three minutes'.

The UK SpaceX launch time will be 21:33 BST.

The space agency paid more than $3 billion for SpaceX to design, build, test and operate its reusable capsule for six future space round trips.

In Australia, it'll already be Thursday, with the launch time occurring at 6:33am ACT.

According to officials, lightning and other factors were the reasons for the cancelled launch.

NASA, SpaceX and Boeing have been working for years to end that dependence. You don't have to tune into both - they're offering the same content.

"Here is what we know - we are going to launch American astronauts on an American rocket from American soil".

NASA is already underneath strain from President Donald Trump who has instructed the house company to return to the moon by 2024, accelerating an already risky enterprise.

NASA continues to monitor the weather via data sensors around the launch site in an effort to get everything into "the green position" on their maps. The crew is seated in the capsule after crossing the crew access arm and the crew arm has retracted.

NASA operators are now concerned about the weather, but waiting for more information before calling off the launch due to weather conditions.

Unlike the shuttles, one of which - the Challenger - exploded in 1986 after take-off, Dragon can eject in an emergency if the Falcon 9 rocket has a problem.

Workers prepare the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon spacecraft attached for liftoff from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on May 26, 2020.

Fears of thunderstorms in the skies above Florida forced controllers to stop the mission, which would have been the first by the USA since the Space Shuttle programme was ended in 2011.

The head of NASA's human spaceflight program, Doug Loverro, abruptly resigned Tuesday after exclusively six months on the job, in a transfer probably associated to procurement of spacecraft for the Artemis lunar mission.

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