MAY 28 (UPI) — THE FIRST MANNED FLIGHT OF THE U.S. SPACE EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGY COMPANY SPACEX’S MANNED DRAGON SPACECRAFT WAS CANCELED ABOUT 17 MINUTES BEFORE THE PLANNED LAUNCH ON WEDNESDAY DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS, AND A FURTHER ATTEMPT TO LAUNCH WAS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY (SUNDAY, BEIJING) LOCAL TIME, FOREIGN MEDIA REPORTED.
U.S. President Donald Trump attended the launch in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on the same day, which he called an important step toward reviving the U.S. space program and ushering in a new era. It means a lot not only to NASA, but also to private entrepreneurs, and ultimately to ordinary citizens. Trump has also set an ambitious goal of sending U.S. astronauts back to the moon by 2024.
The “Commercial Astronauts” program is a unique public-private partnership that officially began in the Obama administration, but Mr. Trump sees it as an important effort to regain U.S. leadership in space and promote private investment. “No one cares about this project as much as Trump, and he sees it as part of a key strategy, and he pays enough attention to it,” said the former Republican congressman. “
Trump congratulated Musk on wednesday during a visit to SpaceX’s facility, calling him “an old friend of mine.” He canceled a planned speech at the launch site and returned to Washington shortly after the launch was canceled. But Mr. Trump tweeted that he would return to the scene on Saturday to watch the launch.