This Wednesday at 21:22 BST, SpaceX planned the lift-off from Kennedy Space Centre, Florida. SpaceX was all set to send the Astronaut Douglas Hurley & Robert Behnken to the International Space Station on board a Crew Dragon Capsule, launched into space by a Falcon 9 rocket.
Almost 1.7 million people were going crazy about this launch and were tuned to the launch from the Kennedy Space Centre, Florida. But due to the weather conditions, the only thing to spoil Elon Musks plans, the launch mission was postponed for safety reasons.
The launch is rescheduled to take place on Saturday 30th May at 20:22 BST.
Since 2011, when the Space Shuttle stopped flying, NASA had to send their astronauts through Russia’s Soyuz capsule. The Launch America is the mission to send US astronauts to the International Space Station on US rocket from US soil. The Launch America is officially known as the Space Crew Dragon Demo – 2 mission. Of all the space hardware, the SpaceX’s provision – a Falcon 9 rocket along with its crew Dragon capsule declare this as the first-ever crewed commercial rocket launch.
Mr Hurley, the commander of the spacecraft, said, “We could see some raindrops on the windows and just figured that whatever it was, was too close to the launch pad at the time we needed it not to be. Understand that everybody’s probably a little bit bummed out. That’s just part of the deal.” He added, “We’ll do it again, I think, on Saturday.”
British astronaut Tim Peake tweeted, “What a shame – @SpaceX launch is scrubbed, but the rules are there in the interest of safety. A great rehearsal and reset for the next launch attempt in 3 days, Sat 30th at 15:22 (ET).”
Will Anyone Be Allowed To See The Launch Live?
SpaceX Senior Advisor and former NASA astronaut, Garrett Reisman, says, “NASA and SpaceX are discouraging the general public because it is very dangerous to be gathering it in large groups like that.” Also, he added, “Yes, it’s going to be different, but given all the things that were sacrificing to keep people safe during this pandemic, I think that’s OK.”
Hardly, anyone will witness the launch.
The launch will be broadcasted online as webcasts from SpaceX and NASA and possibly, US TV Networks.
When & How To Watch The Launch Online?
The Falcon 9 rocket launch is rescheduled for lift-off on 30th May at 21:22 BST. The backup launch date is 31st May 2020.
NASA was streaming live on YouTube on Wednesday and likely to do the same on Saturday. SpaceX YouTube channel also planned to stream live the launch. The coverage will begin 45 minutes before the launch.