tropical storm delays satellite launch

Billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX plans to launch two satellites into space on Tuesday (8) had to be postponed due to force majeure.

Everything was ready for the launch of Galaxy 31 and Galaxy 32 for Intelsat (telecom company) via Falcon 9 rocket and at Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. However, Tropical Storm Nicole has gained strength in the Atlantic and could appear at the space station, forcing a delay.

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“Teams in Cape Town are preparing for Tropical Storm Nicole and are now targeting Saturday November 12 for the launch of the Falcon 9 of the Intelsat G-31/G-32 mission into orbit from the SLC-40 [Space Launch Complex-40]“, Communicated SpaceX via Twitter this Monday (7), indicating that the launch should take place on Saturday (12).

In another tweet, the company assured that the rocket and satellites are safe in the hangar and will remain there until the storm subsides.

Technically, Nicole is classified as a subtropical storm, as it exhibits characteristics of both tropical and extratropical storms.

But it could still turn into a hurricane and hit the southeast coast of the United States, with high winds and heavy rain in the coming days, experts say.

In fact, Florida’s Atlantic coast — which includes Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) — is now under hurricane watch.

Despite the storm, NASA still intends to launch its long-awaited Artemis 1 lunar mission from KSC on November 14. The agency does not plan to launch it from Pad 39B at KSC for protection, as it did in late September for protection from Hurricane Ian.

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Featured Image: SpaceX

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