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March 14th, 2017

Winds Withdraw EchoStar XXIII Launch by SpaceX from the Window

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was to deliver EchoStar XXIII, a commercial communications satellite for EchoStar Corporation, to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO).

Unfortunately, high winds have delayed this launch... a backup window is available on Thursday, March 16, at 1:35 a.m. EDT. SpaceX is will be launching EchoStar XXIII from the historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The expectation is that satellite deployment will occur some 34 minutes post launch.

The two and a half hour launch window was originally available on Tuesday, March 14, at 1:34 a.m. EDT or 5:34 a.m. UTC.

This time around, SpaceX will not be attempting to land the Falcon 9’s first stage after launch due to mission requirements.