A manned SpaceX mission to the International Space Station was postponed due to bad weather. The launch was scheduled for Thursday (April 22nd) but will now take place on Friday (April 23rd) at 0949 GMT.
“For crewed missions, we need to look down to make sure the weather is good for a possible pre-launch escape and for crew recovery,” NASA acting administrator Steve Jurczyk told reporters.
The Crew 2 mission will take four astronauts on the second routine taxi ride from SpaceX to the ISS since the US resumed manned spaceflight, and the first with a European.
The US astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Akihiko Hoshide from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the French Thomas Pesquet from the European Space Agency (ESA) are involved.
The mission is notable because it initially relies on a previously deployed booster and capsule that were also previously used
“It really helps us to realize the full potential and achieve the dreams we had when we started this effort with SpaceX about 10 years ago,” Tom Simon, NASA’s certification manager for SpaceX, told AFP.
NASA’s immediate goal is to be able to reuse booster missiles at least five times for human space flights.
(With contributions from agencies)