SpaceX and NASA canceled the launch of the spacecraft carrying astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday after detecting problems with the rocket.
The Dragon ship sits atop the Falcon 9 rocket
The Dragon craft sits atop SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on February 27. (Photo: NASA TV)
According to the plan, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft will carry 4 astronauts Crew Mission-6 arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA at 1:45 p.m. on February 27 (Hanoi time) from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
However, with only two minutes left on the countdown, Launch canceled due to incident involving TEA-TEB, liquid used to ignite the engines of the Falcon 9 rocket on takeoff. The decision to cancel the launch was made with an abundance of caution, according to SpaceX systems engineer Kate Tice.
The 4 astronauts on the Crew-6 mission include Stephen Bowen and Woody Hoburg (NASA), Andrey Fedyaev (Russia) and Sultan Al Neyadi (UAE). The mission is historic as Al Neyadi will become the first UAE astronaut to carry out a long-term mission to the ISS. His compatriot, Hazzaa Ali Almansoori, traveled to the ISS in 2019 but only stayed there for 8 days.
Four astronauts entered the Dragon spacecraft, placed atop the Falcon 9 rocket, hours before launch. They have to wait until the rocket is emptied of fuel, then begin the process of lowering the spacecraft and this 70m tall rocket. The crew will remain at Kennedy Space Center until the next launch.
The next launch will take place at 1:22 p.m. on February 28, but it is not yet clear whether the problem with TEA-TEB will be resolved in time or not. Experts are monitoring adverse weather conditions that could affect this launch plan, according to Steve Stich, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew program. The next backup launch deadlines begin on March 2.
Once Bowen, Hoburg, Fedyaev and Alneyadi reach the ISS, they will take over from the Crew-5 crew working on the station starting in October 2022. The Crew-6 crew is expected to stay for approximately 6 months , carry out scientific experiments and maintain this space station which is more than 20 years old.
Article source: VnExpress
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SpaceX and NASA recently canceled the launch of the astronaut-carrying ship above the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday after detecting problems with the rocket….