Bad weather had stopped the first manned flight test of a US space capsule in almost nine years last Wednesday, a quarter of an hour before takeoff. Dark clouds could be seen over the spaceport Cape Canaveral in the US state of Florida and it rained lightly again and again, and there was also concern about lightning. In advance, NASA had seen a 60 percent chance of suitable weather conditions.
The space travelers Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley left their seats after about three hours in the Crew Dragon and returned to their quarantine quarters. The start was eagerly anticipated worldwide. US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence traveled to the US state of Florida to watch the launch live on site. Because of the corona virus pandemic, access to the spaceport site, where visitors are normally allowed to watch launches, was otherwise severely restricted.
The next attempt to start will be made this Saturday. Then Behnken and Hurley should try again to launch to the ISS with a Falcon 9 rocket in a Crew Dragon space capsule. The safety of astronauts is Nasa’s top priority, Nasa boss Jim Bridenstine commented on the short message service Twitter after the move.
It is supposed to be a historic evening: For the first time in nine years, astronauts from the United States have been launching into space – with a rocket from Elon Musk. The goal is the International Space Station ISS. It would be the first manned mission by a commercial space company.
In an emergency, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley or the missile systems themselves could cancel the launch. In this case, an emergency landing would take place in the Atlantic Ocean.
Numerous streams will broadcast the SpaceX launch live this evening at 9:22 p.m. (CEST).
SpaceX launch live at NASA
NASA also has a live stream, on which it reports background information on the first manned US space flight since 2011 until its launch.