UPDATED: First Rocket Lab’s 1st US Launch from Wallops Flight Facility Tuesday Evening


Rocket Lab’s Electron Rocket – first launch from US soil at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket on the pad at Launch Complex 2 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility / Image: Brady Kenniston

01/24/23 – 6pm – Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket blasted off from the Wallops Flight Facility at 6pm. This is their first launch from US soil – after 32 launches from New Zealand.

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Monday’s Rocket Lab launch from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia was postponed because of weather. Rocket Lab’s first Electron launch is now scheduled for Tuesday with a launch window of 6 to 8pm.

This “Virginia is for Launch Lovers” mission will deploy three satellites – and is the first of 3 Electron launches for HawkEye 360. By 2024 Rocket Lab will deliver 15 satellites to low Earth orbit and grow HawkEye 360’s constellation of radio frequency monitoring satellites.

With this mission, NASA is helping foster a growing low-Earth space economy and continues Wallops’ 35-year history of support to the commercial launch industry.

The launch may be visible, weather permitting, to residents throughout much of the east coast of the United States.

A live launch webcast will be available at www.rocketlabusa.com/live-stream beginning about 40 minutes before launch.