Mission Status Center: surprise switch to recoverable booster for 40th Electron mission

Rocket Lab announced on Wednesday its 40th Electron mission was switching to a recoverable rocket, fitted for the first time with a previously flown engine. The surprise move came after two launch scrubs blamed on engine sensor glitches. The rocket lifted off from the company’s privately-owned spaceport on the North Island of New Zealand at 7:45 p.m. EDT (11:45 a.m. NZST on the 24th / 2345 UTC).