Check out the weekly NSF Live by NASASpaceflight.com.
This week they start off by talking about their official role as braodcast partner for the fourth Stratolaunch test flight.
Rocket Lab is launching a satellite for Japan based Synspective. StriX-β is a 100 kg Synthetig Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite that will eventually be part of a 30 units strong constellation. SAR can observe surface changes of the earth on a millimeter level - irrespective of weather or light.
The launch takes place at Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. For the first time from the new second launch pad, Launch Complex 1B.
Rocket Lab's mission website: The Owl's Night continues.
No first stage recovery attempt this time.
Why it's interesting:
- 24th 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:
- 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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