Bad offshore weather delays the launch of SpaceX until Friday

The four astronauts – from the US, Japan and France – will spend six months at the International Space Station.

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SpaceX on Wednesday hit the next launch of astronauts one day due to dangerous sea waves and offshore wind.

Liftoff is now scheduled for Friday morning at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, when better weather is expected.

The SpaceX Dragon capsule has the ability to interrupt launch to orbit in an emergency. Therefore, good weather is needed not only at the launch site in Florida, but also along the east coast and across the North Atlantic to Ireland.

The four astronauts – from the US, Japan and France – will spend six months at the International Space Station.

This will be the third launch of SpaceX astronauts for NASA in less than a year. NASA addressed private companies once the shuttle program ended to transport not only supplies to the space station, but also people. SpaceX began delivering cargo in 2012 and led its first crew in May last year.

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