Fourthis weekend The spacecraft was tied to the Falcon 9 rocket at the Kennedy Space Center on Thursday for a costume rehearsal countdown, while engineers reviewed the preparations and paid close attention to offshore weather. .
Crew No. 1 Commander Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japanese astronaut Noguchi Noguchi dressed in a futuristic SpaceX pressure suit and were driven in a white space at the Kennedy Space Center. Sla SUV launch pad 39A, just like Saturday, weather allows launching at 7:49 pm Eastern Standard Time.
The astronauts were tied side by side, monitoring the high-tech touchscreen display in the Crew Dragon capsule they called “Resilient”, and the SpaceX launch controller monitored the countdown to the practice in the NASA Launch Control Center shooting room 4, three miles from the mat.
The next important milestone will be Friday, when NASA and SpaceX managers and engineers will follow strict coronavirus protocols and conduct a formal launch readiness review to make a final assessment of the team’s flight readiness.
Forecasters predict that at the Kennedy Space Center on Saturday night, 70% of the weather may be acceptable. However, the prospects for the sea breeze and sea conditions along the northeast track of the Atlantic Ocean are still uncertain.
The first phase of restoring Falcon 9 requires relatively calm seas, and the company plans to reuse it for the next Crew Dragon flight within six months from now. Normally, benign conditions are required along the entire flight path to prevent malfunctions that may force the crew to go into the water.
“We are obviously looking at the weather, the weather is very important, the weather in multiple areas,”The head of space exploration at NASA told Space Flight on Friday. “We have actually landed in the first stage, and now we need the drone. As the ocean and ETA move forward, we are watching how quickly the drone can disappear.”
If the drone does not arrive in time, the launch is likely to be delayed.
Rudes said: “The landing weather in the first stage is very important.” “This is the stage we will use for Crew-2, so we care about it. It’s not that we never care about them, but this is an important stage.”
After crossing Florida on Wednesday, Tropical Storm ETA is expected to follow a path parallel to the east coast to North Carolina and then into the Atlantic Ocean. By Saturday morning, the center of the storm should be far from the sea east of Boston.
SpaceX monitors the data of about 50 buoys measured along the trajectory. These buoys measure wind and wave height. These data will be analyzed before the final decision to launch.