Today marks the return of human spaceflight from United States soil

Katie Ramirez
August 2, 2020

The next launch window is on Saturday.

SpaceX and NASA made the call to scrub the launch today since there were a couple of weather issues that prevented the attempt from taking place.

The private rocket company's launch of its first crewed mission on Wednesday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida will put an end to the USA space agency's nine-year hiatus in human spaceflight.

Liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center is set for 3:33 p.m. CDT, the first launch from American soil since the last space shuttle mission in 2011.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the launchpad at Kennedy Space Center. Additionally, by beating Boeing to launch a U.S. crew, SpaceX will demonstrate that defence behemoths are not safe from competition, giving NASA the political capital to shift even more services to private firms.

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Their flight is the first time American astronauts have flown from the US since NASA's space shuttle program ended in 2011. NASA wants six weeks between the splashdown and the launch of the next Dragon crew, for capsule inspections and reviews.

On Wednesday, SpaceX will for the first time launch astronauts into orbit.

Yes, today is the day when Behnken and Hurley ride the Dragon for what NASA is calling its Demo-2 mission, a test mission to help prove the systems meet NASA's requirements for certification to carry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) and back.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon to be used for Demo-2, arrives for processing.

"Unfortunately, we are not going to launch today", SpaceX launch director Mike Taylor told NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. (The Dragon spacecraft is created to eventually carry private passengers into orbit, the ISS or beyond).

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