Rocket Lab is launching a rideshare mission right this moment which incorporates seven small satellites from quite a lot of completely different firms, together with major payload supplier Canon, which is flying a satellite tv for pc geared up with the camera-maker’s Earth imaging expertise, together with high-res picture seize gear. The Electron rocket that Rocket Lab is flying right this moment may also carry 5 Planet SuperDove Earth-Observation satellites, in addition to a CubeSat from In-Space missions.
The launch, which is known as ‘Pics or It Didn’t Happen’ is about to happen throughout a window which opens at 5:19 PM EDT (2:19 PM PDT) and extends till 6:03 PM EDT (3:03 PM EDT), lifting off from Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 1 on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. To test it out dwell, tune in immediately by way of Rocket Lab’s web site right here – the dwell stream ought to start round 15 minutes previous to the opening of the launch window.
This is Rocket Lab’s third flight this 12 months, and whereas the corporate remains to be within the technique of growing and testing its rocket booster restoration program, this mission received’t embrace any booster restoration try. This is the corporate’s 13th Electron flight, and the subsequent deliberate check in that system’s improvement is about for flight 17.