SpaceX to reattempt manned rocket launch in Florida

Launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, with its Crew Dragon spacecraft nestled up top, is scheduled for 3:22 p.m. ET (12:22 p.m. PT).

The spacecraft, developed by USA firm SpaceX, lifted off from the state of Florida on Saturday, aboard the Falcon 9 rocket.

Waves and wind needed to be within limits in case the SpaceX Dragon crew capsule, carrying Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, needed to make an emergency splashdown on the way to orbit.

The mission's first launch attempt on Wednesday was called off with fewer than 17 minutes remaining on the countdown clock, due to stormy weather around the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. Up until now it has only been governments that have launched people into space", former astronaut Mike Massimino previously told Newsweek, "From now on it will be private companies as well.

In the intervening years, NASA outsourced the job of designing and building its next generation of spaceships to SpaceX and Boeing, awarding them US$7 billion in contracts in a public-private partnership aimed at driving down costs and spurring innovation.

The first crewed launch from American soil in almost a decade has finally happened from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida Saturday at 3:22 p.m. ET, after unfavorable weather postponed the original May 27 launch.

Behnken and Hurley will then disembark and enter the station to complete the mission.

"It's just the beginning. many more things to come", Trump said, pointing to the launch of the Space Force.

Approximately 150,000 people also went to witness the historic launch on Wednesday, despite NASA's warnings to stay home to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. "I would be surprised if it took more than four" years, he said.

Meanwhile, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden also congratulated NASA, SpaceX and "all the hardworking women and men who made today a victory for American innovation and persistence".

While Dragon Crew capsule members Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are the obvious stars of the inspiring mission, they've been slightly overshadowed by a third and tiny passenger: a sequined dinosaur plush (identified as a TY Flippables Tremor Dinosaur) that served as their zero-g indicator. They will perform tests on Crew Dragon in addition to conducting research and other tasks with the space station crew.

United Kingdom astrononaut Tim Peake tweeted: 'You can see the @Space-Station pass over the United Kingdom tonight, 22:10 BST. "So I'd just like to say if it goes right, it's credit to the SpaceX-NASA team".

After saying goodbye to their wives - both former astronauts - and children they will be driven to the launch pad in a white electric vehicle built by Tesla, one of Musk's other companies.

If Crew Dragon proves safe, it may ferry more than astronauts.

"On April 14, 2014, the agency signed a property agreement with SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, for use of the launch site for the next 20 years. Similar to when the first commercial airline flights began, I think the world will be changed forever".

"What Elon Musk has done for the American space program is he has brought vision and inspiration that we hadn't had" since the shuttle's retirement, Bridenstine said.

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