The American aerospace agency NASA has postponed the planned flight of the astronaut crew on the SpaceX Crew Dragon to the International Space Station. The reason for this was inappropriate weather conditions. About this on your Twitter account wrote NASA Director James Bridenstine.
In the message of the head of NASA it is said that the decision to postpone the launch was made due to onshore winds and restoration work. The launch scheduled for today will take place tomorrow from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. James Bridenstine also announced plans to reuse the first stage of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle for future astronaut launches of the Crew Dragon spacecraft.
It is noteworthy that Crew Dragon is used for the first time for the implementation of NASA’s operational mission. Previously, two successful demonstration flights were carried out, after which NASA certified Elon Musk’s company for organizing operational missions to deliver astronauts to the ISS and return them back to Earth. Elon Musk himself named this launch “Crew Dragon’s first combat flight”…
As part of the upcoming mission, it is planned to deliver three American and one Japanese astronauts to the ISS. In total, for 2020 and 2021, SpaceX intends to carry out three launches of Crew Dragon ships with astronauts on board.
As a reminder, since 2011, when the Space Shuttle program was closed, American astronauts have been delivered to the ISS using Russian Soyuz spacecraft. That changed after SpaceX launched a successful mission this spring to get astronauts to and from the ISS.
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