Rocket Lab is launching its ninth Electron rocket at the moment, with the launch set for 00:41 UTC (8:41 ET/5:41 PT). The mission, referred to as “As The Crow Flies,” will likely be taking off from the corporate’s LC-1 launchpad in New Zealand, carrying a payload from Astro Digital to orbit.
The launch was really purported 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 display 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 received to maneuver up the timing of its launch in consequence.
Rocket Lab is at present on monitor to launch as deliberate, and the launch stream for the mission will likely be dwell above beginning at round 20 minutes out from the T-Zero launch window.