Blame for bad weather. The launch of the Crew Dragon capsule, developed by SpaceX together with NASA, is postponed to Saturday at 21.22 Italian time
SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission with NASA scheduled last night from Cape Canaveral, Florida was postponed for bad weather. Bad weather forced SpaceX to cancel the launch of astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken with his Crew Dragon capsule (designed in partnership with NASA) to the International Space Station (ISS).
This is the first launch from American soil into orbit with American carrier (Falcon 9 of SpaceX) since the last NASA Space Shuttle mission in 2011. In these nine years the United States has relied on the Russian Soyuz to launch its astronauts in the space. In 2014, the U.S. space agency therefore decided to rely on a public / private partnership for its Commercial Crew Dragon program.
Yesterday was supposed to be a historic day for American space flight but the moment is only postponed. “Due to weather conditions, the launch is canceled,” NASA said. “Our next opportunity will be Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 pm ET.”
Today’s launch was scrubbed due to weather. There were no issues with the @SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft. The next launch attempt is Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 p.m. ET. #LaunchAmerica More photos from today: https://t.co/8due5jBg5Y pic.twitter.com/wvvd3WcnWz
– NASA HQ PHOTO (@nasahqphoto) May 27, 2020
Just under 17 minutes from its launch last night, SpaceX has decided to postpone the launch due to bad weather in the region. NASA and SpaceX followed weather during the day closely, while tropical storms were passing through the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
To proceed with the launch, the weather conditions must be perfect not only on the launch pad, but also in dozens of “abort” positions (sudden mission interruption) that extend for thousands of miles along the east coast of the United States and across the Atlantic Ocean to the west coast of Ireland.
Eventually NASA officials along with SpaceX determined that conditions were too dangerous to proceed.
THE COMMENT OF THE ASTRONAUT ESA PARMITANO
“Demonstration of great professionalism: despite the possible media impact, the weather conditions determined the displacement of the launch. Difficult but fair decisions ”. The astronaut Esa Luca Parmitano commented on the postponement at the weekend of the historic mission of the Nasa.
TRUMP IS BACK SATURDAY
Disappointment for President Donald Trump, who arrived in Cape Canaveral with the first lady Melania Trump, to celebrate the first space launch of American astronauts from American soil in almost a decade. On the way back to Washington, after the mission was canceled, Trump tweeted: “I can’t wait to come back with you on Saturday!”
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020
THAT WILL HAPPEN SATURDAY
The next opportunity for SpaceX and NASA is scheduled for Saturday indeed. Elon Musk’s space company will try again to launch the Demo-2 mission on Saturday at 15:22 ET. The US Air Force’s 45th Space Wing is currently offering a 60% chance of favorable weather on Saturday.
If it doesn’t go well on Saturday, Sunday at 15:00 ET, there will be a third chance.
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