Rocket Lab's 21st Mission [Live: 29.07.2021, 06:00 UTC]

in Space Exploration3 months ago

The mission is called It’s a Little Chile Up Here and delivers a classified payload for the United States Space Force to low-earth orbit.

The launch takes place at Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand.

There will be no recovery attempt this time. Especially because the last mission failed and resulted in a loss of mission. The second stage engine was gimballed into an extreme position and resulted in the stage spinning out of control.

Here is Scott Manley: Rocket Lab's 20th Launch Spins Out Of Control After Successful Booster Flight.

Why it's interesting:

  • 21th 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:

Check your local time of launch at:

Useful links to stay up to date on launches: Launch Schedule

Everyday Astronaut: Prelaunch Previews

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