NASA Wallops rocket will be visible from much of the East Coast – Monday’s launch of Rocket Lab USA’s Electron rocket from Virginia will be supported and hosted by NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, lighting up the sky for onlookers all along the East Coast.
Currently set to launch from Launch Complex 2 at Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island at 6 p.m., the mission, called “Virginia is for Launch Lovers,” is named after the state of Virginia.
According to Rocket Lab’s website, the Electron rocket is 59 feet tall, has a 3.9-foot diameter, and is built of carbon composite.
For HawkEye 360, a US geospatial analytics company based in Herndon, Virginia, the rocket’s initial launch from Wallops Island will be used to place radio frequency monitoring satellites.
According to NASA’s website, Rocket Lab’s mission will launch between 6 and 8 p.m. on a given day, with additional launch dates planned in case of unanticipated events.
The mission, according to NASA, “continues Wallops’ 35-year legacy of support to the commercial launch industry and helps promote a thriving low-Earth space economy.”
The launch may be visible to onlookers along most of the East Coast, weather permitting.
With three designated launch pads and a reusable compact launch vehicle, the Electron rocket has been a part of 32 flights since its start and has deployed 152 satellites.
A live launch webcast will be offered by Rocket Lab, and it will start 40 minutes prior to liftoff.
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