The first manned launch of the Dragon Crew was moved to Saturday because of the weather

The company SpaceX with NASA decided to postpone the first manned launch of the spacecraft Crew Dragon to ISS due to adverse weather conditions. SpaceX will attempt to launch a Falcon 9 rocket with Dragon Crew on Saturday, 30 may at 22:22 Moscow time, reported the Twitter account of the company.

Crew Dragon is manned spacecraft, which SpaceX has developed in the framework of NASA for the establishment of private American spacecraft capable of delivering astronauts to the International space station. In it the engineers used a lot of developments from the cargo ship Dragon, but also made a lot of changes. It is capable of carrying four crew members and to ensure the vital functions during the week.

Start of operation Crew Dragon has been repeatedly postponed and the first test flight to the ISS without crew took place in early 2019. The first manned flight was to take place shortly thereafter, but were postponed because of the explosion of the vehicle during the tests. After analyzing the tests, the engineers modified the design of the ship and began training first with 2011 send American astronauts on American spacecraft.

First manned flight Crew Dragon was to be held on 27 may, 2020 23:33 Moscow time. Before the start of prelaunch specialists of SpaceX and NASA has warned that weather conditions may not allow to run the ship on this day. In addition, a couple of hours before the start in the launch zone was declared a threat of a hurricane. One of the main factors toughening the requirements to the weather, is that after the launch at any stage of the climb can work emergency rescue crew, so the requirements for the weather extend to the space of possible descent and landing system. In less than 20 minutes before the start of experts came to the conclusion that the conditions do not meet safety requirements.

The next launch attempt will be made on Saturday, 30 may at 22:22 Moscow time, Sunday at 22:00. At the time of the transfer, the forecast showed that the conditions these days will be satisfactory with probability 60 percent.

Boeing CST-100 Cockpit, the second unit developed under the program Commercial Crew Program, will make the first manned flight no earlier than the end of 2020. In April, the company with NASA announced,
after the unsuccessful unmanned flight, the ship will repeat the mission in this format and only after that will go into space with the astronauts. This flight previously scheduled for the fourth quarter of the year, and in this case, the possible situation in which the ISS will be simultaneously docked three different manned spacecraft: Cockpit, Crew Dragon and Soyuz.

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