Rocket Lab begins 2021 with mission dubbed Another One Leaves the Crust

Rocket Lab begins 2021 with mission dubbed Another One Leaves the Crust

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A rocket lab electron rocket awaits liftoff in New Zealand.

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Rocket labOne of the newest ones for the commercial space game, it is set for its first mission of 2021.

The startup, with facilities in the US and New Zealand, will launch one of its electron rockets into orbit on Friday night, Pacific Time. The mission is the 18th for Rocket Lab and is named another One the Laves the Crust.

The payload is being carried into space from the company’s New Zealand launch pad, a microsatellite for the OHB Group, a German company focused on aerospace, aviation and defense.

This will be a regular routine launch for Rocket Lab, which has managed to launch a niche providing service for smaller satellites compared with companies such as SpaceX and United Launch Alliance with their larger rockets.

The Kiwi Company has some interesting plans in the works, including the goal of reusing their rocket boosters with the aid of a parachute and a helicopter to eventually catch them in midair.

Another One The Crust has a seven-minute launch window from 11:38 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. PT on Friday, with a two-week backup launch day to drop the crust. We will embed the launch liststream as soon as it becomes available.

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