NASA, SpaceX launch postponed due to bad weather

The mission is the first launch of astronauts on an American rocket from American soil since the last space shuttle mission in 2011

NASA, SpaceX launch postponed due to bad weather
NASA, SpaceX launch postponed due to bad weather

NASA, SpaceX launch postponed due to bad weather

Due to bad weather conditions, NASA and SpaceX have postponed the launch of two astronauts aboard its Crew Dragon capsule on top of its Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station (ISS). It is now scheduled to be launch on Saturday, May 30. The mission is the first launch of astronauts on an American rocket from American soil since the last space shuttle mission in 2011.

“I think our teams worked together in a really impressive way, making good decisions all along,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said afterward. Launch of the mission, dubbed Launch America, is scheduled for 3:22 p.m. EDT on Saturday. Members of the public can participate in the mission through NASA’s virtual guest operations.

The spacecraft is intended to dock with the International Space Station. The Demo-2 mission is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which involves two commercial spaceflight companies, SpaceX and Boeing, building and launching crew capsules designed to ferry astronauts to and from the ISS.

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on a Falcon 9 rocket at 3:22 p.m. EDT May 30, from Launch Complex 39A in Florida, for an extended stay at the space station for the Demo-2 mission.

The specific duration of the mission is to be determined. Behnken and Hurley were among the first astronauts to begin working and training on SpaceX’s next-generation human space vehicle and were selected for their extensive test pilot and flight experience, including several missions on the space shuttle.

As the final flight test for SpaceX, this mission will validate the company’s crew transportation system, including the launch pad, rocket, spacecraft, and operational capabilities. This also will be the first time NASA astronauts will test the spacecraft systems in orbit.