NASA Administrator Jim Bradenstein said on Friday that after assessing the weather that morning, he will determine the final decision to launch SpaceX’s milestone mission to the International Space Station on Saturday afternoon.
Fear of lightning strikes delayed Wednesday’s first takeoff attempt, the first manned rocket launch on US territory in nearly a decade, and the first time a commercial company has achieved this feat.
“For the test flight of the #CrewDragon space shuttle on Saturday @SpaceX, there is currently no weather decision. It will be reassessed in the morning.” Tweet Bridenstine.
Earlier in the day, NASA stated that there is a 50% chance of launching Saturday at 3:22 pm Eastern Time (1922 GMT or 12:52 noon Sunday). The weather forecast currently predicts a thunderstorm.
The next window determined by the relative position of the launch site and the space station is 3:00 pm Eastern time on Sunday (1900 GMT or 12:30 AM on Monday), and the weather is expected to be clear.
NASA astronauts, 49-year-old Robert Behnken and 53-year-old Douglas Hurley, joined the space agency in 2000. They will be launched from the historic launch pad 39A on a two-stage SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Neil Armstrong and his Apollo 11 crew used the same launch pad on their historic journey to the moon, as NASA tried to return to Earth’s natural The satellite then reinvigorates the passion of human space exploration before returning to Mars.
Despite the work stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic, the mission is still ongoing and the crew has been isolated for more than two weeks.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) urged the crowd to stay away from the traditional viewing spot Cocaa Beach, but this did not stop many space fans from performing activities on Wednesday.
US President Donald Trump participated in the last launch attempt and is expected to participate again.
Since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011, NASA had to pay Russia for the use of Soyuz rockets to bring its astronauts into space, and decided to shift its focus to commercial partners to perform low-Earth orbit missions.
This mission is a decisive moment for SpaceX. The company was founded by Elon Musk in 2002 to break the rules and produce cheaper alternatives to human aerospace.
By 2012, it had become the first private company to dock in the cargo hold of the International Space Station and has since refueled the station regularly.
Two years later, NASA ordered the next step: to transport astronauts there by adapting the “Dragon” capsule.
The NASA paid SpaceX more than $3 billion to design, build, test, and operate its reusable space capsule for the next six space shuttles.
The project has experienced delays, explosions and parachute issues-but even so, SpaceX defeated rival aviation giant Boeing.
Crew Dragon plans to dock with the International Space Station approximately 19 hours after launch. The deadline has not yet been determined, but it may be around early August.
The scheduled flight on Wednesday was scrubbed 17 minutes before departure because the high levels of electricity in the atmosphere may trigger a lightning strike from the rocket.
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