SpaceX is aiming to launch four astronauts to the the International Space Station on Sunday evening, barring any weather complications.
The historic joint spaceflight between NASA and Elon Musk’s company was rescheduled to Sunday at 7:27 p.m. — but officials said there was still just a 50-50 chance conditions would be clear enough for the planned liftoff.
Vice President Mike Pence was expected at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida for the launch, which will mark the long-awaited start of regular crew rotations aboard privately owned and operated capsules.
The mission, dubbed “Crew-1,” will be the culmination of a NASA program that has sought to send astronauts to the space station using vessels and equipment developed by private companies.
It comes just three months after a pair of NASA test pilots successfully concluded SpaceX’s first occupied flight of a Dragon crew capsule.
The crew for Sunday’s flight will be led by astronaut Mike Hopkins, an Air Force