The launch of the American spacecraft Crew Dragon was postponed to June
The American company SpaceX has requested the possibility of launching into orbit its manned spacecraft Crew Dragon in early June, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) reported.
"SpaceX requested a backup launch on Tuesday, June 2," NASA said.
As reported, on Saturday, it is planned to make a second attempt to launch into orbit the first American manned spacecraft in nine years with two astronauts on board from the space center at Cape Canaveral in Florida.
Initially, the launch was supposed to take place on Wednesday, but due to bad weather in the area of the spaceport, it was canceled 15 minutes before the launch and postponed to May 30. The chance of favorable weather conditions for the launch of SpaceX's Crew Dragon ship was then 50%. Similar adverse weather conditions are forecast for Saturday.
The third closest launch opportunity is reserved for May 31. However, according to the forecast of the 45th aviation squadron of the US Air Force Space Command, serving the Cape Canaveral spaceport, the weather will be favorable for the launch only by 60%. This is due to the continuing heavy rains and cumulonimbus clouds in the area of the cosmodrome.
According to US weather forecasts, more favorable conditions for the launch will appear in June with the onset of dry weather.
"No decision has yet been made due to the weather for Saturday's test launch of SpaceX's Crew Dragon," said NASA chief Jim Bridenstine. "We'll take a look at the situation in the morning."
Crew Dragon, which is scheduled to take veteran astronauts Douglas Harley and Robert L. Behnken to the International space station (ISS), should be the first American manned ship launched from the United States since 2011 when the Shuttle flight program was discontinued.