Electron • TROPICS 3 & 4

A Rocket Lab Electron rocket launched the second pair of small CubeSats for NASA’s TROPICS mission. The Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats, or TROPICS, mission will measure environmental and inner-core conditions for tropical cyclones. These two satellites were originally contracted to launch on Astra’s Rocket 3 vehicle. This mission was nicknamed “Rocket Like A Hurricane” by Rocket Lab. Read our full story.