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Falcon 9 and Vega-C Launches Delayed

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
November 25, 2022
Falcon 9 launches Starlink satellites. (Credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX Falcon 9 launches to the International Space Station and the moon and the second flight of Europe’s Vega-C rocket have been rescheduled due to various reasons.

Cargo Resupply Mission

SpaceX was forced to postpone the launch of its CRS-26 Cargo Dragon mission to the International Space Station due to inclement weather in Florida. The launch has now been rescheduled for tomorrow.

Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9
Payload: CRS-26 Cargo Dragon
Date: Saturday, Nov. 26
Launch Time: 2:20 p.m. EST (19:20 UTC)
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Webcast: (beginning 2 p.m. EST (19:00 UTC)

Credit: ispace

Hakuto-R Mission

The launch of ispace’s Hakuto-R lander to the moon has been delayed two days. The lander will carry the United Arab Emirates’ Rashid rover, a transformable Japanese robots, and other payloads to the surface. NASA’s Lunar Flashlight orbiter, which will search for water ice on the surface, is a secondary payload on the mission.

Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9
Payload: Hakuto-R lunar lander
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 30
Launch Time: 3:39 a.m. EST (08:39 UTC)
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Fla.

Vega-C Launch Delayed

Arianespace has delayed the second launch of the Vega-C rocket due to defective equipment on the booster. The booster was to have launched the Pléiades Neo 5 and Pléiades Neo 6 satellites to complete Airbus Defence and Space’s Earth Observation constellation on Tuesday.

Arianespace has set Dec. 20 as the new launch date.

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