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SpaceX scrubs satellite launch, blames weather

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 23 (UPI) — SpaceX scrubbed its launch to send 143 small satellites into space Saturday, blaming weather conditions.

The scrub came about 5 minutes before the expected liftoff time.

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“Due to unfavorable weather, we are standing down from today’s launch; the team will continue with the countdown until T-30 seconds for data collection. Another launch attempt is available tomorrow, January 24 with a 22-minute window opening at 10:00 a.m. EST,” the company tweeted.

A Falcon 9 rocket carrying 143 small satellites for the Transporter-1 mission is now expected to lift off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Sunday morning.

With more than a dozen customers, the mission’s largest number of satellites come from San Francisco-based Planet (formerly Planet Labs), with 38 SuperDove spacecraft for Earth observation and imaging.

SpaceX itself has packed 10 of the company’s Starlink communications satellites on board.

The first-stage reusable booster of the rocket will attempt a landing on a drone ship at sea after launch.

The rocket also is carrying three satellites the size of coffee mugs for a NASA experiment on satellite-to-satellite communication and several platforms owned by launch brokers, such as Houston-based Nanoracks, that also carry numerous tiny satellites for other companies.

Out-of-this-world images from space

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying four astronauts is pictured approaching the International Space Station for docking on November 16, 2020. The trip from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida took 27 and a half hours. Photo courtesy of NASA | License Photo

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