A SpaceX Dragon.

Hawthorne-based SpaceX Saturday postponed its planned launch of another group of astronauts to the International Space Station, officials said.

The launch is part of its contract with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to shuttle personnel to the orbiting outpost.

The four-member crew was scheduled to launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 11:21 p.m. Saturday PST.

But out of an abundance of caution due to a storm in the northeast, the agency is now targeting the backup launch window, which opens Wednesday at 10:10 p.m. PST.

Flying aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft Endurance will be NASA astronauts Raja Chari, mission commander; Tom Marshburn, pilot; and Kayla Barron, mission specialist.

Also aboard will be European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer, a mission specialist.

The astronauts have been dubbed Crew-3, as part of SpaceX’s third official manned flight to the space station. They will be greeted upon arrival by the four-member crew of the last manned SpaceX flight, Crew-2, who have been aboard the station since April.

Crew-2 includes NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, who earned a doctorate in oceanography at UC San Diego, where she was a researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

McArthur’s crew is expected to return to Earth in early November aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule Endeavour.

– City News Service

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