NASA and SpaceX have pushed back to Saturday, May 30, the launch of the manned Demo-2 test flight mission due to unfavorable weather conditions.
â€œThere was a concern that if we did launch, it could actually trigger lightning,â€ NASA Administrator and a previous Wash100 awardee Jim Bridenstine said in a statement published Wednesday. â€œWe made the right decision.â€
SpaceXâ€™s Crew Dragon spacecraft was scheduled to lift off Wednesday, May 27, from Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard a Falcon 9 rocketÂ to transport NASA astronautsÂ Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken to the International Space Station as part of the space agencyâ€™s Commercial Crew Program.
Bridenstine said the launch countdown Wednesday provided an opportunity for NASA to carry out a wet dress rehearsal for astronauts.
The Demo-2 mission will serve as SpaceXâ€™s final flight test to validate its crew transportation system.