First manned SpaceX flight postponed

It did not go short: The first commercial manned flight into an earth orbit planned for Wednesday evening had to be postponed due to bad weather. The next try is scheduled for Saturday.

The countdown had to be stopped on Wednesday, 16 minutes before the start. SpaceX’s ground station had previously informed the astronauts onboard the space capsule about lightning in the observed region. For the decision, not only the weather at the starting point must be taken into account, but also the conditions along part of the flight route and in the area in which the space capsule would have to emergency water in the event of a safety problem. After all, it was essential to quickly reach and recover the astronauts.

Only around ten minutes after the planned start at 4:33 p.m., local time would the weather parameters have been sufficient for a safe start. This emerged from the live communication between the astronauts and SpaceX ‘ground station. Due to the given path dynamics, the beginning cannot merely take place a little later. The next opportunity is on Saturday, May 30, at 3:22 p.m. local time. The second alternative date is Sunday, May 31st.

 

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