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This article was published on May 28, 2020

SpaceX and NASA’s crewed mission postponed until the weekend due to bad weather

SpaceX and NASA’s crewed mission postponed until the weekend due to bad weather
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

Last night, SpaceX aimed to ink its name in history books as it was preparing to launch NASA Astronauts in space. However, both agencies decided to postpone the launch to Saturday, May 30  due to bad weather.

Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were scheduled to fly into space at 4.33 PM ET yesterday. However, 17 minutes before liftoff, officials informed them that the launch had to be called off.

On its blog, NASA said there wasn’t enough time to wait for the weather to improve and the conditions violated launch criteria for Falcon 9:

Rain, cumulus clouds, attached anvil clouds, lightning, and field mill data – which measure the amount of electricity in the atmosphere – all violated Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon launch criteria at times throughout the day.

SpaceX said that the crewed mission has now been shifted to Saturday, May 30 at 3.22 PM ET. The agency said as a backup, another launch window is available on Sunday, May 31 at 3 PM ET.

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