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January 10, 2021

Virgin Orbit Demo 2 Suffers Another Delay

9 CubeSat Missions Comprising 10 Total Spacecraft Are Set To Fly--But Not Until 1/13

ANN RealTime Update--01.10.21: The folks at Virgin Orbit are reporting that this weekend's launch of Demo 2 is likely put off for a few days and are now targeting Wednesday, January 13th... though that date could still slide a bit if you read between the lines of the latest info. VO's latest public statement indicates that, "...our team is wrapping up final tasks, coordinating with our customers, and preparing for our Launch Readiness Review on Friday morning. We are now targeting a launch on Wednesday, Jan 13, with additional windows throughout January if needed."

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Pack It Up! Cargo Dragon Readies For Return to Earth

Spacewalks Planned For January 19 And 25

The Expedition 64 crew is going into the weekend packing the SpaceX Dragon resupply ship and readying it for a Monday morning undocking from the International Space Station. The orbital residents are also turning their attention to a pair of spacewalks taking place before the end of January. A month after its arrival and delivery of a suite of vital space science investigations, the Dragon will return the research back to Earth for analysis on Monday. The astronauts will be loading gear and samples from those studies, as well as a variety of station hardware, into Dragon this weekend before closing its hatch a few hours before undocking.

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