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.
TriSept Corp. has announced plans for a commercial technology demonstration mission set for launch next year on a Rocket Lab Electron vehicle to test a deployable conductive tape, made by Tethers Unlimited, that could help small satellites more quickly fall out of orbit at the end of their missions.
Rocket Lab’s next launch from New Zealand, set for Friday, will carry a data recorder to measure the aerothermal environments encountered by the Electron launcher’s first stage during descent back into the atmosphere, information engineers say is crucial to successfully achieving the company’s newly-announced plan to recover and reuse the booster.