SpaceX is postponing the planned launch of another group of astronauts – NBC Los Angeles

Hawthorne-based SpaceX Saturday has postponed the scheduled launch of another group of astronauts to the International Space Station under its contract with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to move personnel to the orbit outpost.

The crew of four was scheduled to take off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 11:21 p.m. Californian time on Saturday.

But out of caution over a storm in the northeastern United States, the agency is now targeting the backup launch window, which opens Wednesday at 10:10 p.m. California time.

NASA astronauts Raja Chari, mission commander, fly aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spaceship Endurance; Tom Marshburn, pilot; and Kayla Barron, Mission Specialist. The astronaut Matthias Maurer of the European Space Agency, also a mission specialist, will also be on board.

The astronauts were named as part of SpaceX’s third official manned flight to the Crew-3 space station. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the four-person crew of the last manned SpaceX flight, Crew-2, who have been on board the station since April.

These crew – NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, astronaut Akihiko Hoshide from the Japanese aerospace agency JAXA, and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet – are expected to return to Earth aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule Endeavor in early November.

McArthur, who grew up in Northern California, holds a UCLA graduate degree in aerospace engineering and a PhD in oceanography from UC San Diego, where she conducted research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

In November 2020, SpaceX sent its first official crew to the space station in a separate Dragon spaceship called Resilience.

SpaceX’s first manned mission to the space station took place last summer with the launch of two astronauts from Cape Canaveral in the Endeavor capsule, a flight that marked the first manned mission from US ground since the Space Shuttle program was discontinued . But this trip was technically referred to as a demonstration flight to test the capabilities of the Crew Dragon spaceship.

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