NASA Postpones 1st Commercial Space Flight

Katie Ramirez
May 29, 2020

The next launch window is scheduled for Saturday at 3:22 pm ET.

His comments come ahead of fellow billionaire Elon Musk's Space X making a historic launch attempt on Saturday, which would be the first manned launch from USA soil in almost a decade.

The first stage will return to a SpaceX landing ship which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida, while the second part of the rocket will continue the journey with the Crew Dragon capsule.

If you're frustrated that you now have to wait until Saturday (May 30) to see SpaceX's first crewed launch, you can blame Mother Nature and orbital mechanics.

Looming rain and thunderstorms meant that the first launch of astronauts from USA soil in nine years had to be aborted just minutes before lift-off.

An estimated 1.7 million people from around the world tuned in to the launch from The Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

NASA and private aerospace manufacturer SpaceX are delaying their historic space launch Wednesday after poor weather conditions jeopardized the crew's safety.

On Wednesday, SpaceX's landmark launch to the International Space Station was scrubbed Wednesday due to fears of a lightning strike. Astronauts have been using Russian Soyuz spacecraft to travel to the space station.

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Mr Behnken was a flight test engineer with the US Air Force before joining Nasa, and has spent just over 29 days in space, which includes 37 hours of spacewalking time.

"We're doing it differently than we've ever done it before", NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said.

'There wasn't really a lightning storm or anything like that, but there was a concern that if we did launch it could actually trigger lightning, ' he added.

"We understand that everybody's probably a little bit bummed out".

"But I also wanted to say this was really a great day for NASA it was a great day for SpaceX". Since that time, Atwell has followed his dreams and has covered events dealing with NASA's Commercial Crew flight assignments at NASA's Johnson Space Center and other space-related events in the Lone Star State. I think our teams worked together in a really impressive way, making good decisions all along. We are going to do that.

The two veteran astronauts aboard the Dragon spacecraft are 49-year-old Robert Behnken and 53-year-old Douglas Hurley.

Saturday's launch of the Demo-2 mission will be the first time a private company, rather than a national government, sends astronauts into orbit.

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