February 6, 2023

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Watch RocketLab’s Electron rocket launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia

The first launch of an Electron rocket from the United States took place from NASA’s Wallops facility in Virginia at about 6 p.m. ET on January 24th. The launch was originally scheduled for Monday night but was canceled due to weather.

The first electron launch from the United States on Tuesday was made possible by NASA’s work developing the NASA Autonomous Flight Termination Unit (NAFTU). NASA believes that NAFTO is an important part of the flight safety technology required for this mission.

Tuesday’s launch was the first flight ever to use the NAFTU flight safety system.

said David L. “We are proud to make future US Rocket Lab Electron missile launches possible with our game-changing flight safety technology.”

The Electron is a type of rocket manufactured by the New Zealand Rocket Laboratory. The 59-foot Electron rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 2 at Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island.

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NASA said the mission, dubbed “Virginia for Launch Fans,” will deploy radio frequency monitoring satellites for HawkEye 360.

You can watch the full video playback at RocketLab website or RocketLab YouTube channel.