SpaceX: “We can’t launch because of bad weather.” Russian Soyuz replied with a video of its rocket launch through lightning strikes
On Wednesday, Space X Demo-2 launch was canceled due to bad weather. The mission marks the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011 that humans will fly to the space station from U.S. soil. Barring another weather issue, the launch is now scheduled to be launched at 3PM EST today.
Two NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on a Falcon 9 rocket at 4:33 p.m. EDT May 27, from Launch Complex 39A in Florida, for an extended stay at the space station for the Demo-2 mission. As its name implies, Demo-2 will be the second time SpaceX launches its Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. But, unlike Demo-1 last year, this time two astronauts will be on board. The specific duration of the mission is to be determined.
Earlier today, “World of Engineering” posted a tweet to mock the aborted launch saying. The tweet was in reference to A Russian Soyuz-2.1b rocket that was struck by lightning during launch on May 27, 2019. The mission was a success despite the strike, the GLONASS-M satellite the rocket was carrying reached orbit.
SpaceX: ” we can’t launch because of bad weather” The Soyuz:
Musk immediately responded to the tweet saying:
“Falcon/Dragon are designed to withstand multiple lightning strikes, but we don’t think it would be wise to take this risk.”
Falcon/Dragon are designed to withstand multiple lightning strikes, but we don’t think it would be wise to take this risk
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 30, 2020
You can watch the video of Soyuz May 27, 2019 launch below.