This launch took a little longer. First there was a faulty sensor, then there were suboptimal weather conditions for launch and helicopter operations.
This will be the third step to recovering a first stage. The first stage will land under parachut in the ocean, while a helicopter is tracking the decent of the first stage. There will be no in-air capture attempt. The goal is to test operations for an actual capture event.
There is a chance of getting live video of the decent and splash-down.
The launch takes place at Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand.
The mission is called Love at first Insight and delivers two earth observation microsatellites (60kg) by BlackSky. The payload is a repeat of the last mission that resulted in a loss of mission because the second stage steering mechnism locked up and couldn't control the vehicle..
Payload mass is 120 kg. Target is low earth orbit (430 km).
Why it's interesting:
- 22nd launch of the Electron rocket by Rocket Lab
- The engines are 3D printed
- Fuel pumps are battery powered.
- The stages are built out of carbon composite material.
Where to watch:
- Tim Dodd will be live streaming 30 minutes before launch: The Everyday Astronaut
- 15 minutes before launch: Rocket Lab
Check your local time of launch at: www.timeanddate.com
Useful links to stay up to date on launches:
Spaceflightnow.com: Launch Schedule
Everyday Astronaut: Prelaunch Previews
NASA Spaceflight nasaspacefight.com
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