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An Overview of Rocket Lab’s Next Launch

12 Oct 2019, 18:51 UTC
An Overview of Rocket Lab’s Next Launch
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Electron lifts off with U.S. Air Force satellites. (Credit: Rocket Lab)

“As the Crow Flies”

Booster: ElectronPayload: Palisade 16U CubeSat for Astro DigitalLocation: Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, NZLaunch Period: 15 October – 28 October 2019 NZDT (14 October – 28 October 2019 UTC) Launch Window: Daily from 12:00 – 16:00 NZDT (23:00 – 03:00 UTC/7 – 11 pm EDT)Live launch webcast: www.rocketlabusa.com/live-stream (begins 15 – 20 minutes prior to launch)Launch Day Updates: www.rocketlabusa.com/missions/next-mission/ and follow Rocket Lab on Twitter @RocketLab

Mission Overview

Rocket Lab’s ninth mission will deploy a single microsat for satellite manufacturer and operator Astro Digital. The mission will lift-off Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula.

The payload on board is a Palisade technology demonstration satellite, a 16U CubeSat bus with on-board propulsion system, a next generation Astro Digital developed communications system, and software developed by Advanced Solutions Inc. including an advanced version of ASI’s MAX Flight Software.

The orbital parameters for this mission will see Electron’s Kick Stage deploy the payload to more than twice the altitude reached by any Rocket Lab mission to date.

The mission is named ‘”As The Crow Flies” in a nod to Astro Digital’s Corvus Platform, ...

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