SpaceX, NASA scrubbed the crewed launch to space due to weather. Here’s when the next launch could happen
SpaceX and NASA have postponed the first crewed flight
The next opportunity for launch would be Saturday.
SpaceX tweeted: “Standing down from launch today due to unfavorable weather in the flight path. Our next launch opportunity is Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 p.m. EDT, or 19:22 UTC.”
NASA tweeted: “We are not going to launch today.”
Standing down from launch today due to unfavorable weather in the flight path. Our next launch opportunity is Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 p.m. EDT, or 19:22 UTC— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 27, 2020
Multiple reports before the launch suggested weather could limit the flight’s launch. The Crew Dragon has an abort system that will send the capsule to the stars and away from its failing rocket, according to Axios.
NASA and SpaceX had to monitor weather around the launch site for that reason.
Social media didn’t react well to the news.
No rocket launch today, but now we've got a matinee show for Saturday. Weather conditions violated ideal requirements for today's launch.— Rachel Hopmayer (@rachelhopmayer) May 27, 2020
Who's excited for the rebirth of American space ventures? 🚀
With less than 17mins to launch, historic NASA SpaceX launch is postponed due to weather. Another attempt scheduled for Saturday.— Polo Sandoval (@PoloSandovalCNN) May 27, 2020
ENFORCE THOSE WEATHER RULES - SAFETY FIRST! I APPRECIATE YOU KEEPING OUR ASTRONAUTS SAFE!— Bobak Ferdowsi (@tweetsoutloud) May 27, 2020
This was supposed to be the first launch of American astronauts form U.S. soil in at least nine years, as I reported for the Deseret News. In 2011, astronauts headed to the space station on the Space Shuttle Atlantis, according to CBS News.
The flight would have been the first manned flight from SpaceX Crew Dragon. It would have also been the firstt commercial spacecraft to send NASA astronauts to space.