The US space agency NASA missed creating history. The first launch of SpaceX has been postponed due to bad weather.
The US space agency NASA missed creating history. The first launch of SpaceX has been postponed due to bad weather. A SpaceX rocket carrying the Dragon capsule with NASA pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Benken was scheduled to fly from the Kennedy International Space Station on Wednesday afternoon. This was the first time that a private company was sending astronauts to space instead of the government.
According to NASA, now on May 30, a launching attempt will be made again. This will be SpaceX’s second attempt. In a statement issued by NASA just minutes before the launch, it said, ‘We are not going to launch today. The launch is being deferred due to weather conditions. Now the next launch possibility will be on May 30 at 3.22 pm American time. Its live coverage will start at 11 am. The thing to note here is that NASA has expressed the possibility of launching, that is, even if the weather is bad, it will not launch.
Let us know that up to four hours before the launch, the launch controllers had given only 50 percent chance of favorable weather. By the time of launch, rain, clouds and storms dominated NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Meanwhile, a good news came after 2 pm, when the weather was up to 60 per cent favorable, but due to the possibility of a tropical storm in the East Coast, the difficulties increased. In such a situation, it was decided to postpone the launch after a few minutes before looking at the weather patterns. Significantly, this can be done to protect the rocket from damage due to lightning or storm.
Prior to postponing the launch, NASA’s commercial crew program manager Catherine Ludders said that all preparations for the launch are going well, except for the weather. We just have to control the weather. Explain that water has collected at the launch site due to continuous rain. Hans Koinsman, a vice president at SpaceX, said that the projection controller team will look at global weather change patterns to determine whether it is safe to launch.