FourThis weekend a The Falcon 9 rocket crashed into space on Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center for a dress rehearsal countdown, with engineers reviewing preparations and keeping tabs on coastal weather. .
Crew-1 Commander Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Japanese astronaut Sochi Noguchi, in futuristic space-pressure suits, were prompted to launch Pad 39A on Saturday at 9:49 p.m.
As the astronauts were tied to the sides, the crew observed the high-tech touch screen displays in the Dragon capsule and named them “Resilience.” SpaceX Practice countdown launch controllers observed from Firing Room 4 at NASA’s Launch Control Center, three miles from the pad.
The next major milestone will come on Friday, when NASA and SpaceX managers and engineers will review the launch formality ready to make a final assessment of the team’s flight readiness following strict corona virus protocols.
The Kennedy Space Center predicts a 70% chance of acceptable weather on Saturday evening. Vision is low as you follow the Falcon 9 crew dragging the Dragon into space station orbit through the northeastern orbit of the wind and sea states of the Atlantic Ocean.
Recovering the first phase of the Falcon 9 requires relatively calm seas, and the company plans to use it again for the next crew dragon flight six months from now. In the event of a malfunction that may prompt the crew to make an emergency splash, general conditions are generally required throughout the flight.
“We’m clearly looking at the weather, the weather is a big thing, the weather for multiple regions,”NASA’s head of space exploration told Spaceflight Now. “The drone ship we need is actually going out today at the site of the first stage landing.
If the drone ship is not at the station on time, the launch will probably be delayed.
“The first stage landing weather is a big deal,” Ludders said. “This is the stage we use for Crew-2, so we’m careful about it. It’s not that we never care about them, but it’s an important step.
After crossing Florida on Wednesday, the tropical storm was expected to make landfall in North Carolina and the Atlantic Ocean parallel to the east coast. By Saturday morning, the center of the storm was due to head east into Boston.
SpaceX monitors data from over 50 buoys along the path that measures wind and wave height, analyzing data before making a final decision to proceed with the launch.
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