Rocket Lab scrubbed a launch attempt Friday because of high winds at the company’s launch site on New Zealand’s North Island. The company plans to try again Monday at 1212 GMT (8:12 a.m. EDT). When it takes off, an Electron rocket aims to deliver four small satellites into a 335-mile-high orbit for commercial and U.S. military customers.
Rocket Lab’s next launch from New Zealand is set for no earlier than June 27 with a bundle of spacecraft including a commercial Earth-observing microsatellite for BlackSky, two CubeSats for U.S. Special Operations Command, a pair of tiny prototype data relay nodes for Swarm Technologies, a student-built payload from Australia, and a satellite whose identity and owner remain a secret.
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifted off Thursday and deployed in orbit a hyperspectral Earth-imaging satellite designed to assess vegetation, soil conditions and pollution in rich detail, then maneuvered to a lower altitude to release 30 more smallsats, including reinforcements for Planet and Spire’s commercial Earth-observing constellations.