SpaceX and Nasa postpone launch of Crew Dragon spacecraft due to bad weather 

Telegraph 27 May 2020 10:06
  • SpaceX and Nasa were set to launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft at 9:33pm UK time
  • The Falcon 9 rocket was due to lift off from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, bound for the International Space Station
  • This would have been the first crewed launch from US soil since 2011

Nasa was forced to abort a planned mission to the International Space Station on Wednesday afternoon due to poor weather, delaying a historic event that would have marked the first crewed launch from US soil in almost a decade.

Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley boarded a Crew Dragon capsule built by Elon Musk's California-based company SpaceX with a view to taking off at 9.33pm UK time, but the mission was called off 17 minutes before the launch time. 

Crews had begun to fuel the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the capsule before the decision was taken to cancel due to cloudy skies and rain. They are set to try the launch again on Saturday afternoon, with another backup time on Sunday. 

Weather at Florida's Kennedy Space Centre was expected to clear 10 minutes after launch but due to the movements of the Space Station the possible launch window was "instantaneous", meaning any delay at all would have meant cancellation. 

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