Preparations for the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon ship
The American company SpaceX abandoned its original plans and postponed the planned launch of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle with 143 satellites on January 23. This was announced during a broadcast on the company's website.
To make such a decision, the SpaceX leadership was forced by adverse weather conditions.
The dispatcher clarified that the launch was postponed for a day. According to him, favorable conditions can be expected as early as Sunday, after 10 o'clock on the US East Coast time (17:00 Moscow time).
On January 18, Elon Musk's competitor, Virgin Orbit, launched its LauncherOne rocket into orbit for the first time. During the launch, nine CubeSat satellites were launched into orbit. “We are proud to say that LauncherOne has completed its first space mission, bringing satellites into space for our NASA friends,” the company said.