SpaceX has actually thus far handled to prevent much in the way of impact to its upcoming launch schedule in spite of the extensive global coronavirus pandemic. The company effectively launched60 more of its Starlink satellites simply recently, and seems on track for its existing mid-to-late Might launch schedule for the very first Commercial Crew objective with NASA (pending an investigation into what went wrong with an early engine cut-off throughout its last launch).
On Tuesday, however, the Air Force’s 45 th Space Wing verified that the timing for SpaceX’s upcoming SAOCOM launch, which was set to take off from
Vandenberg Flying Force Base in California [Correction: this launch was set to take place ad Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida] on March 30 using a Falcon 9 rocket, has been placed on “indefinite” hold due to the impact of the current coronavirus crisis.
It was unavoidable that SpaceX launches and schedules would be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic: Currently, NASA has had to pause deal with a few of its ongoing priority missions, including advancement of the Artemis program deep-space expedition spacecraft, and its James Webb Telescope task. While work continues the Business Crew launch for now, NASA has been providing regular updates about escalating procedures to make sure the security of its personnel and the general public, so we’ll keep you up to date on any additional developments.