SpaceX Crew-6 mission launch called off two minutes before


Abu Dhabi: The launch of SpaceX Crew-6 mission from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida to the International Space Station (ISS) was scrapped 2.5 minutes before the liftoff on Monday.

“Today’s #Crew6 launch has been scrubbed due to an issue with ground systems,” NASA posted on Twitter.

“Unfavourable weather on February 28 makes the next launch attempt at 12.34am ET on March 2, pending resolution of the technical issue,” NASA added.

Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), in cooperation with the US Space Agency “NASA” and the “SpaceX” control room, announced that the “Falcon 9” missile had been emptied of fuel to conduct the necessary examination.

The center added that the launch of the flight has been postponed until further notice.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, conveyed a message of support to Sultan Al Neyadi after his high-profile mission to the International Space Station was postponed.

Earlier on Monday, Sultan Al Neyadi bid Earth farewell in a tweet as he prepares to blast-off.

“On this planet, I leave behind everyone I love and take off to space … I leave behind a country that has forged its way to stars and lit its path with Zayed’s ambition,” Sultan Al Neyadi tweeted.

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“A towering tribute to an out-of-this-world achievement. Congratulations to Sultan AlNeyadi on his upcoming space mission,” Emaar Dubai tweeted.

SpaceX Crew 6 mission to space is the first long-term mission for Arab astronauts, as Sultan Al Neyadi and his companions will spend a long 6-month mission at the International Space Station, in which they will conduct about 19 scientific experiments within 4,000 hours.

The mission, in which UAE astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi will participate, was scheduled to launch at 6:45 GMT (10:45 am UAE time) from Complex No. 39A at Cape Canaveral Base at the Kennedy Space Center, aboard the Falcon 9 rocket.

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