Weather Postpones Historic SpaceX Launch

NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley left and Robert Behnken wave as they walk out of the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout

Resigning before NASA's important launch

The good news is that all systems functioned exactly as intended and the order to stand down was due entirely to weather conditions and the extremely tight launch window.

Prospects for an on-time liftoff hinged on the weather, with U.S. Air Force forecasters on Wednesday morning citing a 50% chance that thick clouds over eastern Florida could force a postponement. As of now, the mission, dubbed "Launch America", has been rescheduled for 3:22 p.m. ET on Saturday (May 30).

The next launch attempt will be on Saturday. "We just figured that whatever it was, was too close to the launch pad at the time we needed it not to be".

NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Accomack County says the facility would have played a key role in today's launch and would have provided support by collecting telemetry. With its Crew Dragon spacecraft, SpaceX still hopes It will be the first private company to fly humans into orbit.

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SpaceX and NASA are streaming the launch from takeoff all the way until Crew Dragon docks with the ISS, and it should take the capsule about 19 hours to travel from Florida to the space station.

In the end, it was an electrically charged atmosphere, literally, that prompted SpaceX and NASA to scrub the launch, even as the rocket was being loaded with fuel.

"We're doing it differently than we've ever done it before", NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said.

Despite the delay, the launch will mark the first time since 2011 - when NASA retired its space shuttle fleet - that humans have entered orbit from US soil.

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The spacecraft - designed, built and owned by SpaceX - was set to blast off in the afternoon for the International Space Station, ushering in a new era in commercial spaceflight.

The next launch was scheduled on May 30 and if this second launch attempt works out, then it will be the first time NASA astronauts have flown to the orbiting lab on their first commercial flight and from the American soil after almost a decade long. The astronauts said, "We "re ready for this journey".

Mr Hurley, the spacecraft commander in charge of the launch, landing and recovery of the vehicle, was a fighter pilot in the US Marine Corps.

The rocket company's first crewed launch, which has been pushed back to Saturday, will mark the first time NASA astronauts have launched in an American spacecraft since 2011.

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"It was a great day for NASA, it was a great day for SpaceX". "But these rules are in place to protect not just the vehicle, but all launch personnel, cargo, spectators, and, of course, the astronauts". "When people put this spacesuit on, he wants them to look better than they did without it, like a tux", Fernandez said.

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