Nasa was forced to abort a planned mission to the International Space Station on Wednesday afternoon due to poor weather, delaying a historic event that would have marked the first crewed launch from U.S. soil in nearly a decade.
This will be the first-ever crewed spaceflight for SpaceX, and it will also make history as the first US -based human rocket launch since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011. It will come over from the west, heading east, and could be visible for just a few minutes.
On Wednesday, SpaceX will for the first time launch astronauts into orbit. NASA undertook the Commercial Crew program in 2010 to seek public-private partnerships to return its launch capabilities, eventually selecting both SpaceX and Boeing to design and develop spacecraft rated for human flight.
"Unfortunately, we are not going to launch today", SpaceX launch director Mike Taylor told NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.
The Crew Dragon Capsule, as part of its final demonstration, will be ferrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the ISS. The crew is expected to arrive at its destination, the International Space Station, at 10:39 a.m. Thursday. (The Dragon spacecraft is created to eventually carry private passengers into orbit, the ISS or beyond).