Rocket Lab’s first launch of the year for DARPA, Radiofrequency Risk Reduction Deployment Demonstration, or R3D2 mission is a prototype reflect array antenna designed to improve radio communications in small spacecraft, has been delayed.
The new launch window is March 17 - 30, 2019, NZDT. The launch, originally scheduled for late February, has been moved to the second half of March because of the delay of the arrival of an experimental military satellite.
Launch attempts will only take place between 11:30 - 15:30 NZDT (22:30 - 02:30 UTC) from Launch Complex 1 - Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand, carrying a prototype reflect array antenna designed to improve radio communications in small spacecraft
Rocket Lab operates the world’s only private commercial orbital launch site, located on the Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand. From this site they can launch Electron 120 times per year, reaching a wide range of orbital inclinations from 39 degrees to Sun-Synchronous.
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