Rocket Lab is launching its ninth Electron rocket in the present day, with the launch set for 00:41 UTC (8:41 PM ET/5:41 PM PT) [Replace: They’re now concentrating on 01:22 UTC (9:22 PM ET/6:22 PM PT)]. The mission, referred to as “As The Crow Flies,” might 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 speculated to take a distinct 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 industrial service mannequin. Rocket Lab’s different buyer had a delay, and Astro Digital was able to ship up one in every of its ‘Corvus’ imaging satellites, so it acquired to maneuver up the timing of its launch in consequence.
Rocket Lab is presently on monitor to launch as deliberate, and the launch stream for the mission might be dwell above beginning at round 20 minutes out from the T-Zero launch window.