NASA and SpaceX target May 30, 2020, for the successful launch of the Demo 2 mission after their previous failure due to poor weather. The Demo mission is going to carry astronauts Robert Behnken, and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station (ISS). The upcoming historic launch is clear for takeoff at 3:22 P.M. EDT ( 12:22 A.M. on May 31, 2020, IST). Today also, like the previous failure, the 45th Weather Squadron says that there is a 50% chance of unfavorable conditions for the rocket launch.
We are moving forward with launch today. Weather challenges remain with a 50% chance of cancellation. #LaunchAmerica
— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) May 30, 2020
However, the primary objectives allow the flight to fly through low precipitation, anvil clouds, and cumulus clouds. The areas near Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A expect light thunderstorms and high-speed winds. So, the weather conditions need to be within a specific range for SpaceX and NASA to signal a “GO” for liftoff. But, even if it does not launch today, the weather department shows a 60% favorable condition tomorrow.
Proceeding with countdown today, weather cancellation risk ~50%
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 30, 2020
Rocket Launch 2020: NASA and SpaceX launch Crew Dragon
NASA and SpaceX seem to be good for launch today for their “Launch America” event. The Demo-2 mission will get the astronauts back to space from American soil for the first time since 2011. The SpaceX Flacon-9 rocket is responsible for this rocket launch along with the Crew Dragon capsule from NASA.
The weather conditions are proving to be a problem for space organizations now. If the launch cancels now NASA only has one more backing date to continue with the historic event. If the space mission does not conclude successfully today, Falcon 9 will be ready for launch again tomorrow at 3:00 P.M. Researchers from environmental control, thruster departments, and weather space station try to predict the weather every day in order to help NASA achieve the historic feat.
All systems go for Crew Dragon’s test flight with @NASA astronauts @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug. Teams are keeping an eye on weather. Webcast will go live at ~11:00 a.m. EDT → https://t.co/bJFjLCilmc pic.twitter.com/AXDGNfqv0K
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 30, 2020
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