Much like airports in bad weather, spaceflight from Cape Town is similar. The SpaceX Falcon 9 Crew-4 is now scheduled for launch early Tuesday morning at 4:15 a.m. The Ax-1 Crew Dragon capsule is scheduled to undock from the International Space Station on Saturday evening, then crash on Sunday off the coast of Florida . This comes after several weather delays in splashdown areas.Early Thursday morning there were three rockets on the launch pads at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.Crew 4’s Falcon 9, on the launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, is ready to take the next rotation of astronauts to the International Space Station.On Launch Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, another Falcon 9 was launched in the after Noon to put another round of Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit. Still standing on 39B, NASA’s Artemis lunar rocket space launch system will roll out of the pad next week after several weeks of testing. The International Space Station is currently occupied by six capsules docked with the orbiting laboratory. One of them is the Dragon capsule with the Ax-1 crew. Its undocking caused the delay of the launch of Crew-4. “There are a limited number of docking places on the Space Station. And just like the airport analogy, there are only a limited number of gates you can get to, and you have to leave that gate before the next one can enter,” Don Platt, professor of space systems at Florida Tech, wrote in a statement. It’s vital for engineers and ground crews to have time between splashdown and launch. “These are very difficult operations. They’re very critical to safety, so people really need to be on top of their game,” Platt said in a statement. NASA and SpaceX are confident that the Sunday afternoon to Tuesday morning window will be enough time to put them at the top of their game.

Much like airports in bad weather, spaceflight from Cape Town is similar.

Crew-4’s SpaceX Falcon 9 is now scheduled for launch early Tuesday morning at 4:15 a.m.

The Ax-1 Crew Dragon capsule is due to undock from the International Space Station on Saturday evening, then dive off the coast of Florida on Sunday.

This comes after several delays due to bad weather in the splash zones.

Early Thursday morning, there were three rockets on the launch pads at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Crew 4’s Falcon 9, on Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, is ready to take the next rotation of astronauts to the International Space Station.

On Launch Pad 40 from Space Force Station Cape Canaveral, another Falcon 9 was launched in the afternoon to put another series of Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit.

Still standing on 39B, NASA’s Artemis lunar rocket space launch system will be released next week after several weeks of testing.

The International Space Station is currently occupied with six capsules docked with the orbiting laboratory.

One of them is the Dragon capsule with the Ax-1 crew.

Its undocking caused Crew-4’s launch delay.

“There are a limited number of docking places on the Space Station. And just like the airport analogy, there are only a limited number of gates you can get to, and you have to leave that door before the next one can enter.” Don Platt, professor of space systems at Florida Tech, wrote in a statement.

It is vital for engineers and ground crew to have time between splashdown and launch.

“These are very difficult operations. They are very safety critical, so people really need to be on top of their game,” Platt said in a statement.

NASA and SpaceX are confident that the Sunday afternoon to Tuesday morning window will be enough to put them at the top of their game.