Why is SpaceX's Halloween launch delayed?

SpaceX is set at all Four astronauts to the International Space Station under the full moon on Sunday, but NASA and SpaceX postponed the launch to Wednesday due to weather conditions over the Atlantic.

@NASA’sSpaceX #Crew3 mission is now on target on Wednesday, November 3 at 1:10 a.m. ET due to a large storm system that is raising winds and waves in the Atlantic Ocean along the flight path of the Crew Dragon for launch attempt October 31, NASA commercial crew announced on Twitter Saturday.

Wednesday launch Scheduled to take place outside the Kennedy Space Center, the backup plan will launch Thursday at 12:47 a.m. ET

“Right now, the weather at the launch site is looking great,” NASA chief of human spaceflight Kathy Lueders told reporters Friday before the updated weather briefing. “We’re looking at the weather along key high-risk areas to make sure aborted weather looks good.”

The Crew 3 astronauts are scheduled to undertake a long-term science mission aboard the orbiting laboratory, and live and work as part of an expected crew of seven.

Wednesday’s launch marks SpaceX’s fourth manned mission under contract with NASA and the fifth overall when a private spaceflight is included. The four astronauts, known as Crew-3, will spend about six months on the International Space Station conducting science experiments, spacewalks, and station maintenance with their Russian counterparts.

Crew 2, made up of four other astronauts, launched in April and is scheduled to return to Earth in November, around the same time as Crew-3 liftoff. Crew 2 was the first time that NASA had agreed to launch astronauts on a recycled Falcon 9 rocket.

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The Dragon spacecraft It was used in the Crew-3 mission and participated in 30 launches and is capable of carrying up to 7 passengers to and from Earth orbit and beyond. It is the only spacecraft currently flying and capable of returning large amounts of cargo to Earth, and it is the first private spacecraft to transport humans to the space station.

SpaceX 4’s latest inspiration launch The Dragon capsule was also used to send four civilians into space, where they circled the Earth for about three days.

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Morgan Stanley recently predicted that SpaceX will make Elon Musk the world’s first trillionaire next Forbes An article has been released claiming that SpaceX, a private company, is valued at nearly $100 billion among investors.

The reusability of SpaceX’s rockets is a major reason why SpaceX is such a valuable company because it reduces the additional cost per launch, claims Morgan Stanley.

You can watch Crew-3 launch live www.spacex.com/launches.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: SpaceX and NASA Halloween launches delayed by Atlantic storm


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