Upcoming rocket launch delayed until Tuesday night due to poor weather conditions

The ‘Virginia is For Launch Lovers’ launch on Tuesday, Jan. 24 will be visible for much of the Eastern U.S.

Photo of the SpaceX rocket launch as seen from Cascade - Justin Bayes (WSLS 10)

ROANOKE, Va.UPDATE - Jan. 23, 2023

The ‘Virginia is For Launch Lovers’ rocket launch that was scheduled for Monday, Jan. 23 has been postponed until Tuesday, Jan. 24 due to poor weather conditions.

The launch is now slated to take place between 6 and 8 p.m.

As reported previously, the launch will be visible for much of the Eastern U.S.

Those in our area will also be able to view it without having to drive east.

Time to look for the 'Virginia is For Launch Lovers' rocket on Tuesday, 1/24/2023 (WSLS 10)

Weather permitting, we’ll be able to see the vapor trails from the launch about two minutes after liftoff.

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Estimated trajectory/important notes for Monday's upcoming launch (1/24/2023) (WSLS 10)

ORIGINAL STORY - Jan. 17, 2023

Space company, Rocket Lab’s, first take-off from Wallops Island is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, between 6 and 8 p.m.

It turns out that we will have a front-row seat to the action without having to make the drive east.

Weather permitting, we’ll be able to see the vapor trails from the launch about two minutes after liftoff.

Time to look for the 'Virginia is For Launch Lovers' rocket on Monday, 1/23/2023

A recently-set sun below the western horizon will provide enough illumination around 6 p.m. for perfect viewing conditions.

The window for launch is open until 8 p.m. Monday.

Estimated trajectory/important notes for Monday's upcoming launch (1/23/2023)

There’s a caveat to this spectacular view, and that is the weather forecast.

Your Local Weather Authority is tracking the potential for a storm system along the East Coast around the Sunday/Monday time frame.

Rain and/or a wintry mix possible by Sunday/Monday - 1/22 and 1/23/2023

We’ll provide frequent updates on its path for both our local weather and for the upcoming launch forecast.

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The launch is designed to “deploy satellites for leading radio frequency geospatial analytics provider HawkEye 360,” according to Rocket Lab’s website. The company says it has had more than 30 successful launches from New Zealand.


About the Authors:

Meteorologist Chris Michaels is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcaster, forecasting weather conditions in southwest Virginia on WSLS 10 News from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays on Virginia Today.

Jazmine Otey joined the 10 News team in February 2021.