27 Feb 2023 11:30

Launch of Crew Dragon spaceship with Roscosmos cosmonaut onboard cancelled

WASHINGTON. Feb 27 (Interfax) - The launch of the U.S. SpaceX Crew Dragon reusable spaceship planned for Monday was cancelled two minutes before the takeoff, NASA said.

The reason is a launch pad ignition system's malfunction. Fuel is being drained from the rocket.

Crew Dragon 6, which was due to travel to the International Space Station (ISS), is operated by NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Woody Hoburg, along with United Arab Emirates astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi and Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrei Fedyaev.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 LV was supposed to lift off the spaceship from Area 39A of the Kennedy Space Center at 1:45 a.m. EST.