Planned for 09.45 Moscow time, the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket in Florida with the SpaceX Crew Dragon manned spacecraft has been postponed. As NASA reported on February 27, the rocket launch was canceled two minutes before launch.
In turn, the Telegram channel of the Russian state corporation Roscosmos noted that the launch of Crew Dragon with the Crew-6 crew, which includes Russian cosmonaut Andrei Fedyaev, was postponed to the International Space Station (ISS) for technical reasons.
As NASA explained, a malfunction in the launch complex system prevented the ship from being sent.
Earlier, on February 22, it was reported that the launch of the Crew Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station was postponed to February 27. This was due to the need to complete the pre-launch preparation of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The crew of the ship consists of NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Woody Hoburg, UAE astronaut Sultan al-Neyadi and Russian Andrey Fedyaev. It is assumed that their mission to the ISS will last six months.
The state corporation reported on the preparation of Fedyaev’s flight to the ISS as part of the Crew-6 mission in early November. Then it was noted that in March 2023, the Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft with Roscosmos cosmonauts will also deliver NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara to the Crew Dragon.
Earlier, on July 14, 2022, Roscosmos and NASA signed an agreement on cross-flights of cosmonauts and astronauts to the ISS. In addition to joint flights in 2022 and 2023, the agreement provides for one more launch of Russian and American ships with international crews in 2024.
In early October, NASA announced its desire to extend the program.
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