SpaceX and NASA were preparing to launch a new crew to the ISS. It was reported that cosmonauts from the USA, Russia and the UAE will take part in the mission. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule will lift off from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral on Monday. This is reported by CNN.
Crew Dragon was supposed to separate from the rocket after launch and spend about a day maneuvering in orbit before rejoining the ISS. The mission was to be SpaceX's seventh astronaut flight on behalf of NASA since 2020.
The crew includes NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Warren Hoburg and Sultan Alneyadi, who will become the second astronaut from the UAE, as well as Russian cosmonaut Andriy Fedyaev.
They were expected to spend up to six months aboard the orbiting station, conducting science experiments and maintaining the station.
It became known that on February 27, the American space agency and the SpaceX corporation canceled the flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station two minutes before the start. The reason was problems with loading the incendiary mixture onto the Falcon-9 launch vehicle.
The broadcast of preparations for the launch was conducted on the SpaceX YouTube channel. Ground systems reported that one of the nine first-stage engines failed to load the triethylaluminum-triethylborane mixture used for launch. The next launch opportunity will be on February 28, the broadcast said.