NASA and SpaceX Aim For Saturday Launch

NASA and SpaceX Aim For Saturday Launch

NASA and SpaceX Aim For Saturday Launch

Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are strapped into their seats aboard the Dragon crew capsule that might, or might not, blast off today for the International Space Station. This Demo-2 mission will be history-making in two ways. It also marks the first time the agency's astronauts have been launched on a commercial spacecraft.

The last shuttle launch from the US took place on July 8, 2011, when the space shuttle Atlantis brought four NASA astronauts into space, where they provided supplies for the ISS and took part in an experiment to refuel satellites using robots.

NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said that despite the postponement, it was "a great day" for NASA and SpaceX, lauding how the teams "worked together in a really impressive way".

The next Demo-2 launch attempt is scheduled for Saturday, May 30, at 3:22 p.m. EDT.

Further, he added that people should watch the launch virtually, as full coverage was available live on NASA TV and even if gathered to maintain social distancing as there is a risk of spreading the COVID-19. "Postlaunch coverage commentators are Leah Cheshier, Courtney Beasley, Gary Jordan and Dan Huot from NASA; and Kate Tice, Siva Bharadvaj, and Michael Andrews from SpaceX".

"We can see raindrops on the windows", said Hurley as he and Behnken were told of the scrub. The duration of the astronauts' stay on the orbiting space lab is yet to be determined.

SpaceX's flight profile for the Demo-2 mission. The decision was taken 20 minutes before the launch. The mission has an instantaneous launch opportunity, not a three- or four-hour window as is common for many satellite missions. Often, once a launch window opens, there is a certain amount of time they can delay lift-off, and the rocket can still accomplish its task.

His comments come ahead of fellow billionaire Elon Musk's Space X making a historic launch attempt on Saturday, which would be the first manned launch from US soil in almost a decade. This is a slight improvement over Wednesday's forecast, which assigned a 60 percent chance of unfavorable weather. The majority of the rules relate to the presence of thunderstorms or thunderstorm clouds within 10 nautical miles to the launch site and flight path. These conditions could disrupt the rocket's flight path, overtax its structural integrity or force it to consume too much fuel. This phenomenon-alongside natural lightning-can cause serious damage to the rocket and endanger the life of the crew.

Wednesday's first launch attempt was called off due to concerns about the potential for lightning.

Due to unfavorable weather conditions for the launch, NASA chose to postpone the event. But unfortunately, bad weather delayed the launch to earlier than Saturday.

The sun was shining over Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida in a news conference on the mission this morning (May 29). The cycles of the astronauts on the station also need to match.

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