Elon Musk 'choked' with emotion after SpaceX launch

SpaceX's attempt at history has been prevented by bad weather.

Inside the craft, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will lift off en route to the International Space Station.

As part of the launch, the first stage of the Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket successfully landed on the company's drone ship, appropriately named Of Course I Still Love You.

Demo-2 marks the first launch of NASA astronauts on a commercial spacecraft and the first launch of American astronauts into orbit on a US -built vehicle from America since 2011.

United States billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX company built the Dragon module that lifted off from the Florida spaceport on Saturday, after days of delay. Weather is one of the main reasons for delays.

If all goes as planned, the mission, named Demo-2, will see SpaceX become the first private company to send astronauts into space. Traveling ~8 km/s (~5 mi/s), Crew Dragon will detach its expendable trunk, perform a several-minute retrograde burn with its Draco thrusters, point its ablative PICA-X heat shield towards its velocity vector, and careen through Earth's atmosphere, reaching spectacularly high temperatures. The craft was built under NASA's Commercial Crew Program and was developed entirely by SpaceX.

NASA-SpaceX Demo-2 successful separation of the second Falcon 9 stage. Then, at about 10:30 AM Sunday eastern time, Hurley and Behnken will arrive at the International Space Station, where the Crew Dragon will engage its new automated docking system. He was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2000 and has completed two space shuttle flights.

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