SpaceX on cusp of launching astronauts, back on home turf

0
NASA astronauts Robert Behnken (left) and Douglas Hurley (right), Photo Date: 1/3/20
NASA astronauts Robert Behnken (left) and Douglas Hurley (right), Photo Date: 1/3/20, Photo: SpaceX / (CC BY-NC 2.0)

UPDATE:

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) – Bad weather postpones first launch of NASA astronauts from Florida in nine years. Next attempt is Saturday.

- Advertisement -

______

 

By MARCIA DUNN
AP Aerospace Writer



CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) – SpaceX is on the cusp of launching NASA astronauts into orbit, a first for a private company. Wednesday afternoon’s planned flight to the International Space Station will be the first of Americans from the U.S. in nearly a decade. Riding aboard the brand new SpaceX Dragon capsule for the historic test flight will be veteran NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken. Thunderstorms remain a concern, both at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center and along the Dragon’s path to orbit. SpaceX has a split second to launch the Falcon rocket, at 4:33 p.m. EDT. Despite the pandemic, cars and RVs lined roads hours before liftoff.

(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.)