Falcon 9

Live coverage: Starlink launch from California delayed to next week

SpaceX plans to launch its first Starlink mission of 2023 no earlier than Jan. 19 from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, following delays caused by bad weather and to examine data from the Falcon 9 rocket’s second stage. The Falcon will head southeast over the Pacific Ocean, targeting an orbit inclined 70 degrees to the equator to deploy the payloads into “Group 2” of the Starlink constellation.

Mission Reports

Live coverage: Virgin Orbit rocket fails before reaching orbit on first UK mission

Virgin Orbit’s air-dropped LauncherOne rocket failed after release from the company’s Boeing 747 carrier aircraft over the Atlantic Ocean at approximately 6:08 p.m. EST (2308 GMT), following the plane’s departure from Spaceport Cornwall in South West England. The mission faltered before placing nine small spacecraft into orbit on the first satellite launch based out of the United Kingdom.