SpaceX delays astronaut flight due to strong winds, waves

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – SpaceX has delayed its next astronaut flight for NASA until Wednesday due to strong winds and waves hundreds of miles away.

Four astronauts were to explode early Sunday morning on a six-month mission to the International Space Station. But while the forecast at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center was almost perfect, a major storm in the Northeast Sea caused a landslide further up the coast. The security breach prompted executives on Saturday to move the launch.

For crew launches, SpaceX requires good weather all the way up the east coast and across the North Atlantic to Ireland, in case something goes wrong and the capsule has to make an emergency spray.

Calmer conditions are expected on Wednesday. One German and three American astronauts will remain at Kennedy until then.

This will be SpaceX’s fourth astronaut flight for NASA in 1 1/2 years and the company’s fifth passenger flight in total. Last month, SpaceX launched its first private flight, sending a billionaire and his three guests into orbit.

On this Tuesday, October 26, 2021 image provided by NASA, from left, European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer from Germany and NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn, Raja Chari and Kayla Barron gather for a photo after arriving at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.  SpaceX has hit its next astronaut flight for NASA until Wednesday, November 3, due to strong winds and waves offshore.  Four astronauts were to explode from Florida early Sunday morning on a six-month mission to the International Space Station.  (Joel Kowsky / NASA via AP)

On this Tuesday, October 26, 2021 image provided by NASA, from left, European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer from Germany and NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn, Raja Chari and Kayla Barron gather for a photo after arriving at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. SpaceX has hit its next astronaut flight for NASA until Wednesday, November 3, due to strong winds and waves offshore. Four astronauts were to explode from Florida early Sunday morning on a six-month mission to the International Space Station. (Joel Kowsky / NASA via AP)

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