SpaceX crew’s mission to the International Space Station has been postponed due to bad weather. The lift was scheduled for Thursday (April 22), but will now take place on Friday (April 23) at 0949 GMT.
“For crew missions, we need to look unchanged to ensure the weather is good for a possible launch escape, and for crew recovery,” NASA Acting Administrator Steve Jurczyk told reporters.
The Crew-2 mission will transport four astronauts in SpaceX’s second routine taxi flight to ISS since the United States resumed crew space flight, and the first with a European.
It includes US astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (ESA), who is French.
The mission is noteworthy because it first relies on previously used booster and a previously used capsule
“(It) really helps us see the full potential and realize the dreams we had when we started this endeavor, about 10 years ago with SpaceX,” NASA certification manager for SpaceX, Tom Simon, told AFP .
NASA’s immediate goal is to be able to re-use booster rockets at least five times for human space flights.
(With inputs from agencies)