Electron Rocket Mission By Rocket Lab Is Set To Launch On January 23rd
The launch window for Rocket Lab’s first Electron rocket mission from US soil has been made public. The “Virginia Is For Launch Lovers” mission is scheduled to launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on January 23, 2023, between 6 and 8 p.m. ET.
If the mission is successful, Rocket Lab will launch the first of 15 radio frequency surveillance satellites for the Virginia-based business HawkEye 360 into low orbit. The launch of this maiden mission was originally planned for December 2022, however, it was delayed because of adverse weather.
In a news statement, Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck commented, “Electron has made history by being the most launched small orbital rocket globally.” “We look forward to building on this rich record of mission success with the first of many flights from Wallops,” the statement reads. “With the help of our partners at NASA and Virginia Space.”
Since 2017, the New Zealand company’s Launch Complex 1 has already launched 152 miniature satellites for California-based Rocket Lab.
More than 30 orbital flights have already been conducted by the delivery system, which is its orbital Electron rocket.
In a notable attempt to reduce production costs by recycling equipment, the business tried to grab one of its Electron rockets in midair using a helicopter last year.
Although the rocket was officially caught, the chopper just dumped it into the water.
On the Rocket Lab website, a webcast of the launch will be accessible beginning around 40 minutes before takeoff.
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