NASA and SpaceX are calling off Friday’s early-morning launch attempt of the Crew-7 mission that will carry four passengers to the International Space Station.
The cause of the scrub was not immediately known.
Friday’s scheduled launch at 3:50 a.m. will now shift at least one day, with the weather forecast for the backup date at 3:27 a.m. ahead of the new target launch Saturday — with 95% chance under favorable conditions For starters.
Once launched, the crew will take about 22 hours to reach the station. Crew-7 will be a six-month mission where participants will stay aboard the station and work, performing science experiments and maintenance of the orbiting laboratory.
The crew will travel aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule. The spacecraft has already made two trips to the station and back.
Crew-7 is the eleventh SpaceX mission to launch humans into orbit. It is led by NASA’s Jasmine Mokbeli, who is making her first trip to space. Mokbeli is a lieutenant colonel in the US Marine Corps and has a total of 2,000 hours of flight time in over 25 different aircraft.
The mission will be piloted by European Space Agency astronaut Andreas Mogensen, along with mission specialists Satoshi Furukawa from the Japanese Space Agency and Russian Roscosmo cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov.
One crew completes its mission, and Crew-7 returns to Earth off the coast of Florida.
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