However, today's launch went without any major technical problems as Demo-2's Crew Dragon capsule rose from the pad atop a Falcon 9 rocket, marking two historic events. For the first time in almost a decade, astronauts blasted towards orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil, a first for a private company. On Saturday, stormy weather threatened another postponement for most of the day, but the skies began to clear just in the time.
It will also mark the first time in almost a decade the USA has launched American astronauts from US soil, ending an expensive reliance on Russian Federation for seats to space . Start time: The launch is set for 3:22 p.m. EST while TV coverage is set to begin as early as hours before hand. In 2014, Nasa awarded SpaceX and Boeing contracts to provide crewed launch services to the space station as part of its Commercial Crew Programme.
This was the case for the Apollo 12 mission, which was struck twice shortly after launch - losing the use of some non-essential instruments but completing its mission nonetheless. In fact, the rocket itself could become a lightning bolt". It will deliver astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station (ISS) for a stay of undecided length.
EDT. Aerospace giant Boeing Co (BA.N), producing its own space launch vehicles in competition with SpaceX for NASA business, is expected to launch its CST-100 Starliner vehicle with astronauts aboard for the first time next year. Another variable is the fact that the weather conditions need to be good everywhere this spacecraft might be. "We see such attempts, we consider them unacceptable and we will hinder this to the greatest extent possible", he said , adding that Russian ...
Mr Hurley, 53, who also flew the US's space shuttle in its final 2011 mission, and Mr Behnken, 49, are expected to spend one to four months on the space station, with the main objective of the mission being to test the Crew Dragon's operations and safety.
Assuming the weather cooperates in Florida , tomorrow's launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule on a "demo" flight to the International Space Station will mark an important resumption of US space travel capability. NASA's administrator, Jim Bridenstine, told Business Insider that the two astronauts will unite people once again as the entire world will be watching this historic event.