Why has the SpaceX launch been delayed?
Bad weather has prevented the first launch of NASA astronauts from US soil in nine years.
The SpaceX capsule is now due to attempt lift-off on Saturday.
A tweet from US-based space agency NASA wrote: “We are not going to launch today.
“Due to the weather conditions, the launch is scrubbing.
“Our next opportunity will be Saturday, May 30.”
At 9.20pm BST (4.20pm ET), the countdown clock was held at t-minus 16 minutes and the flight was confirmed as grounded.
SpaceX’s launch commander officially scrubbed the launch under safety rules around weather conditions.
Apparently, it was the high chance of lightning that proved fatal for Demo-2.
If commanders had been able to delay the launch by ten minutes, it could have gone ahead, but unfortunately this was not possible.
The pair were going to spend 24 hours in orbit before docking with the International Space Station roughly 250 miles above Earth.
However, just two hours before launch a tornado warning was issued close to where the agency’s Falcon 9 rocket was set to launch.
Because the rocket had an “instantaneous” launch window, SpaceX and NASA heads has to abort the historic mission.
Why was today’s Demo-2 mission considered so important?
SpaceX, owned by controversial entrepreneur Elon Musk has already made history.
The last few years have seen SpaceX become the first privately funded company to successfully launch, orbit, and recover a rocket.
Such reusable technology is increasingly considered critical for future missions, as it significantly slash the incredible costs involved, encouraging the development of commercial space transport.
And SpaceX was also the first private firm to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station as part of its collaboration with NASA to co-ordinate the delivery of crew and cargo.
Published at Wed, 27 May 2020 20:55:00 +0000