Take another look at Space Startup Rocket Lab’s first launch from the US

People living along the east coast of the US had the opportunity to enjoy a weekday evening rocket launch on Tuesday, as long as the skies were clear. And boot from space Rocket laboratory hopes it was just the first of many such events.

The company has conducted more than 30 launches of its Electron rocket from its New Zealand complex. On Tuesday, it made its first successful liftoff from Launch Complex 2 at Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, which is located within NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

The Electron blasted off just after 6 p.m. ET. You can watch the entire mission below.

Nicknamed Virginia Is for Launch Lovers, the mission sent satellites into orbit for Hawkeye 360, a company dedicated to detecting and geolocating radio signals from space.

Most US space launches depart from Florida. But Wallops is centrally located on the Atlantic coast, making the launch potentially visible over a wide area, stretching from South Carolina to Maine and encompassing tens of millions of people. Prepared and happy photographers from around the region posted Electron’s flight through the atmosphere on social media.

Rocket Lab has become the second most prolific provider of commercial launches in recent years, behind only SpaceX. The company says its second launch pad in Virginia allows it to support more than 130 missions per year. Electron is a smaller rocket than SpaceX’s Falcon 9, designed to launch smaller satellites into orbit.

Rocket Lab is developing a larger rocket called Neutron and is also trying to perfect a means of reusing its booster by catch them with a line and helicopter.

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