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SpaceX F9 - HAKUTO-R Mission 1 - SLC-40

Launch Date: December 11
Launch Window: 2:38am EST (11:38pm PST on the 10th, 07:38 UTC)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS), Florida
Core Booster Recovery: RTLS - LZ-1
Booster: B1073.5
Fairings: Reused Likely
Mass: 340 kg plus a bunch of cubesats
Orbit: TLI
Yearly Launch Number: 56th

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the first commercial lunar lander for ispace, a Japan-based company that competed for the Google Lunar XPRIZE and is now developing a series of robotic lunar landers. The first lunar lander, called ispace Mission 1, was assembled in partnership with ArianeGroup and carries a package of international and commercial payloads, including two small lunar rovers from the United Arab Emirates and Japan. The mission will target a landing in the Lacus Somniorum region of the moon. NASA’s Lunar Flashlight CubeSat will be a rideshare payload on this launch.

 
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This is the one those extremely rare non-weather/range violation delays in very long time. I can't quickly recollect when was the last time an F9 launch was delayed due to some concern with the rocket itself.

Just recently actually - don't we still have a west coast launch that is still in a holding pattern? Why yes we do:


I'm not particularly surprised. This might be due to issues that boosters have when being reused so much. It might also have something to do with supply chain issues. Maybe they can't get all the replacement parts they want for every refurbishment? Anyways, still a small number of holds compared to, oh say, Artemis which has like a 400% rate of holds to launches :)
 

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