Matthias Maurer’s start to the ISS postponed again

The SpaceX spaceship “Crew Dragon” on NASA’s launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Image © Nasa, Joel Kowsky

On Sunday, the German Esa astronaut Matthias Maurer was supposed to become the twelfth German in space with the start of the International Space Station ISS. Now the flight has been postponed – for the second time.

Due to bad weather conditions, NASA is postponing the flight to the International Space Station ISS with the German astronaut Matthias Maurer. The mission is now planned for Wednesday (November 3rd), Nasa announced on Saturday morning. It was actually planned that a German astronaut would fly into space with Maurer for the first time in three years. Together with his NASA colleagues Thomas Marshburn, Raja Chari and Kayla Barron, the 51-year-old Saarlander was supposed to start from the Cape Canaveral spaceport in Florida for the International Space Station ISS.

The US space agency said that the launch will be scheduled for 1.10 a.m. (Eastern Time) next Wednesday. This corresponds to 6:10 a.m. Central European Time. The reason for the postponement is said to be storms and bad weather conditions over the northeastern United States and the Atlantic this weekend.

Maurer would be the twelfth German in space – and the fourth German on the ISS. Together with Marshburn, Chari and Barron, the astronaut forms “Crew-3”. The four are transported in the “Crew Dragon” of the space company SpaceX by Elon Musk. On the ISS, Maurer will carry out numerous experiments over a period of about six months at an altitude of around 400 kilometers and will also complete an outdoor assignment.

On the night of Saturday, favorable weather conditions were predicted for the start. But that only applied to the actual place of the start on the east coast of the US state Florida. NASA worries about the weather conditions in the further course of the flight. Conditions should improve by November 3, according to the US space agency.

The start date had already been postponed by a day in order to have more time for preparation.


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