While everyone geared up for the chronicled momentum to turn on as the witness to the Launch America initiative, it couldn’t make its way forward as conceived before.
Climate didn’t favour the narrative
Well, the only barrier in the pre-decided launch was bad weather. As the nation tuned to watch the exclusive momentum, just before the launch, NASA was compelled to call off the awaited historic mission on Wednesday (May 27) all over impermissible weather conditions in Florida, according to Variety .
If you arent aware about the exact plan behind the launch, here it goes as briefed by NASA: “NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on a Falcon 9 rocket at 4:33 p.m. EDT May 27, from Launch Complex 39A in Florida.”
The long-awaited juncture
They intended to stay for an extended period at the space station for the Demo-2 mission. However, the particular duration of the expedition is to be determined which stands as “the final flight test for SpaceX”. It aims to authenticate the company’s crew transportation system, such as “the launch pad, rocket, spacecraft” as well as the functional potentialities. Apart from that, the journey will also mark the first time for NASA astronauts to examine the spacecraft systems while in orbit.
Preparing for a second go
But don’t worry. The experts are yet expected to make another attempt on this Saturday (May 30) at 3:22 p.m. ET, if the weather allows them for the luck. After all, the trip happens to be the first staffed launch of Elon Musk’s SpaceX company, besides being the first time when NASA would send astronauts into space since 2011. Yes, there lies the significance of the trajectory in one shot!
However, President Donald Trump and vice president Mike Pence attended the event as VIPs at Kennedy Space Center.