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Weather again delays launch of Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket

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Weather again delayed the first launch of Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket.

Wind conditions at the company’s New Zealand launch site subsided to allow the rocket to roll out to the launch pad, but the company said concerns about “triboelectrification,” or static electric charges as the rocket passed through high-level clouds, led them to postpone the launch.

The launch window for the mission remains open until early June. [New Zealand Herald]


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