US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — SpaceX, which is preparing to be the first in history to launch people into Earth orbit in a private spacecraft, canceled the launch at the last moment. The reason was the weather – a launch warning was announced in the launch area.
SpaceX canceled the launch of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, which was supposed to deliver two astronauts to the ISS. The next attempt to launch the mission may take place on Saturday.
The launch of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle with Crew Dragon was supposed to take place at 22.33 UTC. The decision to cancel it due to weather conditions was announced in a live broadcast on the NASA channel 15 minutes before the start. A few hours earlier, the US National Meteorological Service issued a tornado warning in the area where the Kennedy Space Center is located.
SpaceX, founded by billionaire Elon Musk in 2002, is preparing to be the first in history to send people to low Earth orbit in a private spaceship. Until now, SpaceX only delivered cargo to space.
The successful launch of Crew Dragon with astronauts on board will put an end to nine years of US dependence on Russian Unions, where Americans were delivered to the ISS after the closure of Space Shuttle by Barack Obama, Bloomberg writes.
In May, it became known that NASA would pay more than $ 90 million for additional space on a Russian ship during the fall launch to the ISS.
At the same time, according to space agency estimates, one place in Crew Dragon will cost less than $ 60 million. The contract concluded between SpaceX and NASA provides for several more missions to deliver people to space.
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