Rocket Lab set to put NASA satellites in orbit

  • 16/12/2018

A window of opportunity has opened up for Rocket Lab's next launch.

The space company says the weather could clear after 5pm Sunday for the launch of the Elana 19.

The 17m-tall rocket is standing by on the Mahia Peninsula launchpad. It will carry 13 NASA research satellites, each about 10cm wide.

Lift-off will be livestreamed on the company's website.

Rocket Lab had to cancel the launch earlier this week thanks to thunderstorms.

The US-NZ company's first commercial launch took place in November, after years of planning and testing.

"What we've accomplished here as a company and as a machine is enormous, so incredibly proud of everybody," founder Peter Beck said at the time.

"We're the only small launch vehicle provider in the world right now and it's a whole new normal for the space industry."

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