Rocket Lab is launching its ninth Electron rocket right this moment, with the launch set for 00:41 UTC (eight:41 PM ET/5:41 PM PT) [Replace: They’re now focusing on 01:22 UTC (9:22 PM ET/6:22 PM PT)]. The mission, known as “As The Crow Flies,” can be taking off from the corporate’s LC-1 launchpad in New Zealand, carrying a payload from Astro Digital to orbit.
The launch was truly alleged to take a unique spacecraft as much as low Earth Orbit, however the payload was swapped late final month – an uncommon transfer for a rocket launch, and one which Rocket Lab is utilizing to exhibit the pliability of its business service mannequin. Rocket Lab’s different buyer had a delay, and Astro Digital was able to ship up considered one of its ‘Corvus’ imaging satellites, so it acquired to maneuver up the timing of its launch consequently.
Rocket Lab is at the moment on monitor to launch as deliberate, and the launch stream for the mission can be dwell above beginning at round 20 minutes out from the T-Zero launch window.