Launch of Singaporean into space gone with the winds

Singaporean air force pilot Yip Chuang Syn with the launch capsule in Alice Springs in central Australia yesterday. On the craft is artwork by children from Haig Girls' School and Child at Street 11, a childcare centre in Ang Mo Kio. Maj Yip was due
Singaporean air force pilot Yip Chuang Syn with the launch capsule in Alice Springs in central Australia yesterday. On the craft is artwork by children from Haig Girls' School and Child at Street 11, a childcare centre in Ang Mo Kio. Maj Yip was due to take off in the capsule using a high-altitude helium balloon yesterday, but Singapore technology firm In.Genius has cancelled the mission due to surprisingly fierce winds.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN PEARLMAN

A Singapore company has been forced to cancel plans to launch the first Singaporean astronaut into space - just hours before take-off - due to surprisingly fierce winds.

Technology firm In.Genius was due to launch a piloted capsule using a high-altitude helium balloon from a take-off site in remote outback Australia.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 15, 2018, with the headline 'Launch of S'porean into space gone with the winds'. Print Edition | Subscribe