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Rocket Lab launches second pair of TROPICS cubesats
Posted: Sat, May 27, 2023, 11:00 AM ET (1500 GMT)
Electron launch of second TROPICS cubesat pair (Rocket Lab) Rocket Lab launched a second pair of NASA storm-monitoring cubesats overnight. The company's Electron rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand at 11:46 pm EDT Thursday (0346 GMT Friday) and deployed the two TROPICS cubesats into their planned orbit. The satellites join two others launched on another Electron earlier this month, forming a four-satellite constellation to track the development of tropical storms. The launch, the 37th for the Electron, took place almost exactly six years after the first Electron launch.
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