Rocket Lab set to try its first US-based launch again
On Tuesday, Rocket Lab will try again to send its first payloads to orbit from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) in Virginia. With clear skies and a launch window that opens after sunset, the launch has the potential to be visible on most of the Eastern Seaboard and as far west as Ohio.
While Rocket Lab's Electron launch vehicle has a solid track record of launches from New Zealand, the use of Virginia would represent a big step forward for both the company and MARS itself. Having a US-based launch site allows the company to reach trajectories that aren't available from New Zealand and opens up opportunities for US government work, some of which require launches from within the country.
Tonight's launch has a two-hour window that opens at 6 pm Eastern and will go early in that window if all goes well. Previous attempts were made in December, but paperwork and weather issues pushed things back past the holiday break.
A livestream of the launch is embedded below.