SpaceX`s crewed mission postponed as historic launch hit by bad weather

James Marshall
May 28, 2020

"Thank you to @NASA and @SpaceX for their hard work and leadership", the president tweeted while on his flight back to Washington from the aborted launch.

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.

Riding aboard the brand new SpaceX Dragon capsule for the historic test flight will be veteran NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken.

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were set to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida yesterday, before it was postponed at the last minute due to adverse weather conditions. There was off-and-on rain around Kennedy Space Center and the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the area.

"We could see some raindrops on the windows", Hurley said from inside the Crew Dragon spacecraft shortly after the scrub.

"We're expecting a smooth ride but we're expecting a loud ride", said Behnken, who, like Hurley, also flew in the shuttles twice. "Understand that everybody's probably a little bit bummed out. That's just part of the deal". "And we'll do it again I think on Saturday". 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. In the meantime, the pair will be quarantined, as expected, to prevent carrying illnesses, such as the COVID-19 coronavirus, to the space station.

Prospects for an on-time liftoff hinged on the weather, with forecasters late on Monday citing a 40 per cent chance that storms over eastern Florida could force a postponement.

Resigning before NASA's important launch
SpaceX`s crewed mission postponed as historic launch hit by bad weather

It looks entirely different from the huge winged space shuttles that carried astronauts into space from U.S. soil from 1981 to 2011. Occasionally, they could be seen flexing their fingers. Saturday, May 30 will be the next launch date.

Fox News' Phil Keating on SpaceX's historic launch, which is planned for Wednesday afternoon. "In fact, I've told my team: It's not simply the top priority, it is the only priority".

"Excitement will be felt across the country and around the world", the statement read. Everybody was ready today, and we appreciate that and the ship was great.

To restrict public spending, NASA financed improvement of the spacecrafts however has signed contracts with the businesses to make sure six round-trip flights to the ISS.

It is the primary program to be carried out as a public-private partnership - with SpaceX producing the Crew Dragon spacecraft and Boeing producing the Starliner.

"We do the flight analysis assuming that the temperatures of the propellants are below a certain amount, so that we know how much performance is available to the rocket - how much margin we're going to have", SpaceX principal integration engineer John Insprucker said during Wednesday's launch webcast.

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