The decision to or not to launch the first manned flight of us company SpaceX on Saturday afternoon will be taken on the same morning, after watching the weather forecast, announced on Friday the head of NASA.
For fear of the lightning, the first attempt to launch the capsule Crew Dragon towards the international space Station (ISS) with two astronauts on board had been cancelled on Wednesday, just 17 minutes before the scheduled time of take-off.
“No decision on the weather has not yet been made for the flight test Saturday of the spacecraft Crew Dragon of SpaceX. We will reassess the situation tomorrow morning “, tweeted Jim Bridenstine, the head of NASA.
The take-off of the rocket Falcon 9 from SpaceX, with at its top the capsule Crew Dragon, is in theory scheduled on Saturday at 15: 22 local time) at the Kennedy center, where they took off the astronauts who have walked on the Moon in the 1960s and 1970s. The two astronauts are Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.
Earlier Friday, NASA said that the probability of a launch was 50 %. The weather predicted for the time of the storm. The next launch window would be on Sunday at 15 h (local time)
The flight has been maintained despite the pandemic of COVID-19.
Tourists and enthusiasts of space, were installed Wednesday on the beaches of the coast of Florida, including the famous Cocoa Beach, to attend the first launch attempt.
On Wednesday, Donald Trump had come to attend in person to what Nasa calls it the dawn of a new space age, where the United States is entrusted to the private sector for the transportation of its astronauts, and end up at the same time the access to the space they had lost in 2011 with the shutdown of the space shuttle.
The american president has indicated that he would return Saturday.