Historic SpaceX Launch Scrubbed Due To Weather; Will Retry Saturday


Weather conditions initially stood in the way, but the forecast in Florida is improving for the launch.

The next launch opportunity is May 30 at 3:22 p.m.

If SpaceX does not launch Wednesday the next try would be Saturday.

At the time, there were no lightnings anywhere around the launch pad but the rocket basically acted like a giant conductor when it launched through the atmosphere.

"SpaceX is controlling the vehicle, there's no fluff about that", said Norm Knight, a NASA flight operations manager. SpaceX has launched unmanned ships to deliver supplies to the space station, but this will be the first time SpaceX launches a ship into orbit with humans aboard. "SpaceX is now preparing the hardware for the space station's first crew rotation mission, which would happen after the data from this test flight is reviewed for certification".

The SpaceX Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon spacecraft stand on Launch Complex 39A. "There wasn't really a lightning storm or anything like that but there was a concern that if we did launch it could actually trigger lightning", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine explained.

History was postponed today as NASA and SpaceX were forced to scrub the historic Demo-2 mission 17 minutes before its scheduled liftoff.

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The sun sets behind the Vehicle Assembly Building as preparations continue for the NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral in Florida. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were among the attendees in Florida.

The Falcon 9 launch will be the first manned launch from America in nine years, and is historic for other reasons, says Adrian, known as "Virtual Astro", a British astronomer and editor of Meteor Watch.

Besides good weather at the launch site, SpaceX is counting on relatively calm waves and wind up the USA and Canadian seaboard and across the North Atlantic to Ireland, in case astronauts Hurley and Behnken need to make an emergency splashdown along the route to orbit.

The astronauts are scheduled to blast off from the same launch pad used in 2011 by NASA's final space shuttle flight, piloted by Hurley. This is not something I ever thought would happen.

It will also be the first manned spaceflight to take off from the United States in over a decade, since NASA's Space Shuttle programme was retired in 2011.

It's the product of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, a partnership between the space agency and private companies to build spaceships that can ferry astronauts to and from the space station.

Sorry everyone, NASA's SpaceX launch failed to make it out of Earth.