Dragon Endurance features crew members representing four different nations. The mission is commanded by NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli. The pilot is the European Space Agency’s Andreas Mogensen from Denmark. Mission specialists are Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa and Russian cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov.
Rocket Lab launched its 40th Electron mission Wednesday, Aug. 23, after a switch to a recoverable rocket, which was fitted for the first time with a previously-flown engine. The rocket lifted off from the company’s privately-owned spaceport on the North Island of New Zealand, carrying a radar-imaging satellite, at 7:45 p.m. EDT (11:45 a.m. NZST on the 24th / 2345 UTC).
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).