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Launches that are being cancelled/delayed by COVID-19

25 Mar 2020, 17:47 UTC
Launches that are being cancelled/delayed by COVID-19
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IMAGES: While many around the world are in quarantine, the space industry is trying to find its way forward in a more virtual environment. LEFT CREDIT: CCTV RIGHT CREDIT: iQonset/Shutterstock

Canaveral/Kennedy https://spacenews.com/45th-space-wing-launches-to-go-on-as-scheduled/ As above, plus SpaceX https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/03/24/military-officials-committed-to-keeping-cape-canaveral-open-for-launches/Rocket Labs https://spacenews.com/rocket-lab-postpones-launch-because-of-coronavirus-pandemic/Bigelow https://spacenews.com/bigelow-aerospace-lays-off-entire-workforce/

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Normally, we don’t talk about launches that haven’t happened yet, but COVID-19 is affecting everyone, including companies that launch things into orbit.

IMAGE: Time lapse of onlookers enjoying a night time rocket launch from Florida’s Space Coast. Though launches are expected to continue, public observation points like these are being shut down to help contain the spread of COVID-19. CREDIT: NASA/Ben Smegelsky

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New Zealand, for example, is at the highest level of lockdown. This means that Rocket Lab, which launches their Electron rockets from New Zealand, is postponing their March 30th launch that Annie was going to cover. Ironically, the mission is called “Don’t stop me now”.

SpaceX, which launched another batch of Starlink satellites last week, had another Falcon 9 launch scheduled for the end of the month from Cape Canaveral. While US military officials have said that they remain ready to support such launches — including ULA’s Atlas V launch of AEHF-6, which ...

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