Cape Canaveral. Due to the unfavorable weather forecast, the launch of three men and a woman in the “Crew Dragon” of the private space company SpaceX to the International Space Station has been postponed. The originally scheduled launch date has been set for Thursday (11.49 a.m. CEST), SpaceX and NASA announced Wednesday. For the Florida port of Cape Canaveral, favorable weather conditions were predicted, but not for the additional flight path, it was said.
“Crew 2” consists of the American astronauts Shane Kimbro and Megan MacArthur, in addition to their Japanese colleagues Akihiko Hoshide and the Frenchman Thomas Pesquet. Pesquet is the first astronaut from the European Space Agency, Esa, to fly to the International Space Station aboard the “Crew Dragon”.
The SpaceX crew was already on the International Space Station
This is the second crew to be promoted from SpaceX to the International Space Station. The first ship – American astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, as well as their Japanese colleague Soishi Noguchi – docked at the International Space Station in November. They are scheduled to return to Earth at the end of April.
Crew-1 was the first to regularly fly to the International Space Station in the “Crew Dragon” after a successful manned test last spring. After a hiatus of nearly nine years, the test marked the first time astronauts had returned to orbit from American soil – and the first time that they had ever been promoted by a private space company. SpaceX had previously only transported cargo to the International Space Station.