KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — The anticipated SpaceX Dragon Crew-2 launch scheduled for Thursday has been pushed back due to weather, according to NASA.
On Wednesday morning, NASA announced that it was pushing the launch, scheduled for Thursday at 6:11 a.m. ET, to Friday, 5:49 a.m. ET.
The agency cited unfavorable weather conditions as the reason. NASA officials say the weather along the flight path was not favorable for a launch.
Launch Update 🚀 @NASA and @SpaceX now are targeting Friday, April 23 at 5:49 a.m. ET for the launch of the Crew-2 mission to the @Space_Station due to unfavorable weather conditions along the flight path on Thursday.— NASA Commercial Crew (@Commercial_Crew) April 21, 2021
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SpaceX will launch the Crew-2 mission onboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Pad 39-A at Kennedy Space Center.
Crew-2 will mark a number of firsts for the commercial crew program, including the first time a crew will fly aboard flight-proven commercial hardware, meaning part of the rocket was used in a previous launch.
Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana said he and the team have full confidence in the Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon.
"When we have scrubs, we scrub for the right reason," Cabana said. "As far as reliability, I think SpaceX has proven that they’re pretty darn reliable with the number of launches they’ve had on the Falcon 9."
NASA Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson pointed to the experience of the Crew-2 astronauts who are ready and eager to take flight on Friday.
"Shane, Megan, Aki, Thomas, all four of them have a wealth of space flight experience and some of the best personalities in our core today," Caldwell Dyson said. "We take delight in watching them launch and continue on with their mission."
If all goes according to plan, the Dragon will dock with the ISS on Saturday morning at about 5:10 a.m.