CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – SpaceX has postponed its next astronaut flight for NASA until Wednesday due to strong winds and waves hundreds of miles away.
Four astronauts were scheduled to take off early Sunday morning for a six-month mission to the International Space Station. But while the forecast at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center was near perfect, a big storm in the northeast sent the sea higher up the coast. The security breach prompted managers on Saturday to move the launch.
For crew launches, SpaceX needs good weather all along the east coast and across the North Atlantic to Ireland, in case something goes wrong and the capsule has to perform. an emergency water landing.
Calmer conditions are expected on Wednesday. The German one and the three American astronauts will remain in Kennedy until then.
This will be SpaceX’s fourth astronaut flight for NASA in a year and a half and the company’s fifth passenger flight overall. Last month, SpaceX launched its first private flight, sending a billionaire and his three guests into orbit.
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