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SpaceX Transporter-7 mission launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base postponed

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Posted at 5:41 PM, Apr 13, 2023

Update:
The launch has been postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions.

SpaceX is scheduling another attempt tonight, April 14th, at 11:47 p.m.

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SpaceX is scheduled to launch its Transporter-7 mission from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 11:47 p.m. on Thursday.

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Transporter-7 is SpaceX's seventh dedicated smallsat rideshare mission.

There are 51 payloads on the Falcon 9 rocket that will lift off from Vandenberg on Thursday. According to SpaceX, those payloads include CubeSats, MicroSats, hosted payloads, and orbital transfer vehicles that will deploy spacecraft at a later time.

Following stage separation, SpaceX will aim to land the rocket's first stage booster back on land at Vandenberg Space Force Base. In the past, this has resulted in a sonic boom that can be heard across the region.

The booster being used Thursday was used in nine previous missions.

The launch was originally scheduled for Tuesday night but SpaceX says it was delayed to provide more time for pre-launch checkouts and for weather conditions to improve.

A live webcast of Thursday's launch is scheduled to begin about 10 minutes before liftoff.