SpaceXNASAMay30Saturday May 30, 2020

Launch America: Mission to Space appears to be a GO for the second scheduled attempt today at 3:33 PM. That was the message 30 minutes before launch from 45th Weather Squadron with the Air Force. This is first rocket launch with Astronauts from the United States in nearly 10 years.

This post includes radar updates and live video stream from NASA to view right here.

All systems are go for the Falcon 9 Rocket and Space Dragon crew of two Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken. There is one exception: The Weather!  That may be the next project for Elon Musk to tackle, but today it has been an obstacle.


Satellite Loop

3 Hours ending 2:51 PM



Doppler Radar

Storms have rolled across the area today, which is typical for Florida weather much of the year. But Doppler Radar as of 3 PM shows the bulk of the energy moving away.

See the weather criteria below.

May 30 SpaceX Rocket Launch weather radar Saturday 3 PM

Weather Restrictions 

Here is a brief list. To see the more elaborate breakdown of the policy that was in place for the Space Shuttle, it’s at the Kennedy Space Center

  • 🎈 Weather balloons are launched up to 30 minutes before launch.
  • ⏰ 45 minutes is one option to scrub for weather. Next option is 30 minutes prior.
  • 💨 Wind: CAN NOT exceed 30 mph at 162 Ft level.
  • 🌧 No Rain at the launch site.
  • ⚡️ No Lightning within 10 miles, 30 minutes prior to launch.
  • ⚡️ No charge in the atmosphere along the path that can trigger lightning.
  • ☁️ No Cumulus clouds with subfreezing layer within 10 miles of launch
  • 🌡 Temperatures must be above 41ºF and can NOT be above 99ºF for more than 30 minutes.
  • 🌊 Downstream Weather: Sea State can not exceed 8 to 13 feet waves along the path through coastal eastern Canada.


NASA Live Streaming Video Coverage 

Scheduled Liftoff at 3:22 PM


Florida is known for thunderstorms and there are weather contingencies in place.  In fact with nine  people at mission control that do the final “Go” or “No Go”, the final person will be the meteorologist.

Weather is actually monitored up the Eastern Seaboard to eastern Canada for wave heights, just in case the capsule needs to make an emergency splash down.


This Morning’s Full Weather Report:

Cooling Trend Locally. SpaceX/NASA Rocket Launch Forecast, and Possible Record Early 3rd Named Tropical System 

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