Rocket Lab scrubs today’s launch

Rocket Lab has scrubbed its planned launch today citing orbital traffic and weather factors for the postponement.

The company said it would try again tomorrow.

It was hoping to launch its second Electron vehicle between 2.30pm and 6.30pm today.

The launch at Māihia Peninsula, Hawke’s Bay, of Rocket Lab’s ‘Still Testing’ vehicle was to be livestreamed from 2pm for viewers to watch, although it could be scrapped for technical reasons or unfavourable weather at any time.

The company successfully launched its first rocket in May but a glitch meant the flight ended before it reached orbit.

A successful second launch would cap a notable year for the NZ-founded company. Rocket Lab was named the Bayer Supreme New Zealand winner for its pioneering space programme as well as winning the Design and Engineering award at the NZ Innovation Awards 2017 in Auckland.

Its launches are expected to attract a number of visitors to the region with viewing infrastructure being built to cater for them.

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