He take off It was scheduled for the first few hours of this Monday 27 February. But the journey of rocket falcon 9 of SpaceX bound for the International Space Station (ISS). suspended just two minutes ago due to a ground systems problem, NASA announced.
The departure was scheduled for 01:45 (local time; 06:45 GMT ) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida in the southeastern United States.
NASA and SpaceX hold off the Crew6 mission
With a multicultural crew, the mission crew6 AND the sixth to travel to the ISS as part of a smooth rotation guaranteed by SpaceXthe company of tycoon Elon Musk.
THE Crew Dragon capsule on board which the crew was to travel, consisting of two American astronauts, a Russian cosmonaut and an UAE astronaut, it was due to dock with the ISS after a journey of about a day.
But two minutes before take off, this has been cancelled. “#Crew6 launch was canceled today due to a problem with ground systems,” he tweeted. pot about the episode.
SpaceX indicated shortly after starting remove rocket fuel and specified that the crew was about to disembark.
“He next launch attempt available is at 12:34 I love Thursday 2 Marchprovided that the glitch that prevented it from launching this Monday is resolved,” the company said.
Originally scheduled for Sunday, liftoff had already been delayed for 24 hours by NASA.
How are the crew of the SpaceX ship
The Americans Stephen Bowen (59) and Warren Hoburg (37), the Russian Andrei Fediayev (41) and the UAE sultan Al Neyadi have to pass six months on the ISS.
Sultan Al Nejadi41, will become the fourth astronaut from an Arab country in history, and the first from his country to spend six months in space. His compatriot Hazzaa Al Mansoori completed an eight-day mission in 2019.
“We are physically, mentally and technically prepared,” he told reporters when he arrived at the space center. “It’s a great honor to be here, and also a privilege,” he added.
The mission also includes a Russian cosmonautjust when the tensions between Washington and Moscow are at an all-time highone year after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
It was already planned before the Moscow offensive that the Russians would travel with SpaceX and the Americans with the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, an exchange program that has been kept. The ISS is one of the last fields of cooperation between the two countries.
How is the Crew6 mission?
THE pot contracts the services of the American company SpaceX to send its astronauts approximately every six months towards the laboratory.
There they carry out scientific experiments and ensure the maintenance of the station, which has been inhabited for more than 22 years.
Crew-6 will replace the four members of Crew-5 (two Americans, one Russian and one Japanese), arrived Oct 2022 and who They will return to Earth aboard their SpaceX vessel.
Also on board the ISS are three other passengers (two Russians and one American), who arrived with a soyuz spacecraft.
The Russian rocket suffered a flaw in December. The country’s space agency, Roscosmos, sent a rescue ship, which successfully docked with the ISS.
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