Upcoming Rocket Lab Rocket Launches to Space, Livestreams & Events

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Rocket Lab Virgina is for Launch Lovers LC-2 First Launch HawkEye 360

UPDATED • DELAYED

 

2022-12-13 23:00 UTC

First Launch at Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) • NASA Wallops Flight FacilityElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • Curie Kick StageHawkEye 360 Cluster 6Low Earth Orbit (LEO)Press Kit

@RocketLab 🚀 Launch update 🚀 Due to an incoming weather front bringing strong upper-level winds and unsettled conditions through the weekend, we are now targeting no earlier than Tues December 13 for our inaugural mission from Launch Complex 2 for HawkEye 360

Rocket Lab Electron at Launch Complex 2, Wallops Island, Virginia

Rocket Lab ADRAS-J CRD2

Early 2023

Launch Complex 1 (LC-1) • Māhia Peninsula New ZealandElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • Curie Kick StageJapan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)JAXA Commercial Debris Removal Demonstration (CRD2)Active Debris Removal by Astroscale-Japan (ADRAS-J)Low Earth Orbit (LEO)

@RocketLab Launching on Electron, this innovative mission aims to explore the ability to remove satellites and debris from orbit at the end of their operational life, ensuring a sustainable space environment for the future 🌏🛰️✨

Active Debris Removal by Astroscale-Japan (ADRAS-J)

NASA Rocket Lab TROPICS-2

UPDATED • REMANIFESTED • DELAYED

May

Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) • NASA Wallops Flight FacilityElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • NASA Venture-Class Acquisition of Dedicated and Rideshare (VADR)MIT Lincoln LaboratoryBlue Canyon Technologies (BCT)NASA Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats (TROPICS)Low Earth Orbit (LEO)

@NASA_LSP 🛰🚀 TROPICS UPDATE: ASA picks Rocke Lab to launch four #CubeSats to study tropical cyclones. Launch is targeted NET May 2023 on the Electron rocket

NASA Tropics

NASA Rocket Lab TROPICS-3

UPDATED • REMANIFESTED • DELAYED

May

Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) • NASA Wallops Flight FacilityElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • NASA Venture-Class Acquisition of Dedicated and Rideshare (VADR)MIT Lincoln LaboratoryBlue Canyon Technologies (BCT)NASA Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats (TROPICS)Low Earth Orbit (LEO)

@RocketLab Electron is launching the TROPICS missions! 🚀 We're proud to be selected by NASA to provide a responsive & reliable path to orbit for these sats which will equip scientists with vital weather data, helping to protect lives and livelihoods in the path of tropical storms

NASA Tropics

NASA Rocket Lab LOXSAT 1

March 2024

Launch Complex 1 (LC-1) • Māhia Peninsula New ZealandElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • Photon Upper StageCurie EngineNASA Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD)NASA Tipping Point ProgramEta Space LOXSATLow Earth Orbit (LEO)

@RocketLab LOXSAT is an incredibly exciting and ambitious mission. Electron and Photon will conduct a flight demonstration of a complete cryogenic fluid management system in orbit for NASA and Eta Space - essentially building, launching, and testing a cryogenic fuel depot in space!

Eta Space LOXSAT

NASA TBC Draper CP-12 SERIES-2 Lunar Lander

NET March 2025

TBC • NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS)Draper CP-12General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS)Karman Systimaispace SERIES-2 Lunar LanderMoon

@DraperLab Draper has been selected by NASA to deliver a suite of three NASA-sponsored science payloads to the Schrödinger basin on the lunar surface, which is on the far side of the Moon—a first for NASA. Our team includes ispace, General Atomics & Karman Systima

Draper Lunar Lander

Recent Videos of Rocket Lab Rocket Launches to Space & Events

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SNSA Rocket Lab Catch Me If You Can MATS

 

2022-11-04 17:27 UTC

Launch Complex 1 Pad B (LC-1B) • Māhia Peninsula New ZealandElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • Sikorsky S-92 Helicopter CaptureCurie Kick StageRymdstyrelsen / Swedish National Space Agency (SNSA)Mesospheric Airglow/Aerosol Tomography and Spectroscopy (MATS)Department of Meteorology at Stockholm University (MISU)OHB Sweden InnoSat SMLOHB SwedenSun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO) | Heliosynchronous OrbitPress KitAdvisory


NOAA Rocket Lab It Argos Up From Here Argos-4 A-DCS GAzelle (OTB-3)

 

2022-10-07 17:09 UTC

Launch Complex 1 Pad B (LC-1B) • Māhia Peninsula New ZealandElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • Curie Kick StageGeneral Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) Orbital Test Bed 3 (OTB-3)NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) Argos-4Advanced Data Collection System (A-DCS)Argos Worldwide Data Collection SystemLow Earth Orbit (LEO)Press KitAdvisory


NASA Rocket Lab CAPSTONE Final HyperCurie Burn to the Moon

 

2022-07-04 06:56 UTC

Photon Upper Stage • HyperCurie Engine • NASA Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE)NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD)NASA Small Spacecraft Technology Program (SSTP)NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)Terran OrbitalAdvanced SpaceStellar ExplorationLow-Energy Ballistic Lunar Transfer (BLT) • Near Rectilinear Halo Orbit (NRHO) • MoonPress Kit


NASA Rocket Lab CAPSTONE CubeSat to the Moon

 

2022-06-28 09:55 UTC

Launch Complex 1 Pad B (LC-1B) • Māhia Peninsula New ZealandElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • Photon Upper Stage • HyperCurie Engine • NASA Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE)NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD)NASA Small Spacecraft Technology Program (SSTP)NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)Terran OrbitalAdvanced SpaceStellar ExplorationLow-Energy Ballistic Lunar Transfer (BLT) • Near Rectilinear Halo Orbit (NRHO) • MoonPress Kit


Rocket Lab There and Back Again Smallsat Rideshare

 

2022-05-02 22:49 UTC

Launch Complex 1 Pad A (LC-1A) • Māhia Peninsula New ZealandElectron Rocket • 26 Launches • Rutherford Engines • Sikorsky S-92 Helicopter Capture • Curie Kick Stage • 34 Spacecraft • Alba Orbital Cluster XAstrix AstronauticsAurora Propulsion Technologies AuroraSat-1E-SpaceSpaceflight RL-9Swarm Technologies SpaceBeesUnseenlabs Bro-6Sun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO) | Heliosynchronous OrbitPress Kit


Schedule of Upcoming Rocket Lab Rocket Launches to Space, Livestreams & Events

All Rocket Lab dates are estimates based on the latest available information and may change.

TBC (To Be Confirmed) • TBD (To Be Determined) • NET (No Earlier Than)

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DateMissionLivestreamNotes
2022-12-13 23:00 UTCRocket Lab Virgina is for Launch Lovers LC-2 First Launch HawkEye 360First Launch at Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) • NASA Wallops Flight FacilityElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • Curie Kick StageHawkEye 360 Cluster 6Low Earth Orbit (LEO)Press Kit
Late 2022 - Early 2023Rocket Lab BlackSky 18 & 19Launch Complex 1 Pad A (LC-1A) • Māhia Peninsula New ZealandElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • Curie Kick StageSpaceflightBlackSky Gen-2Low Earth Orbit (LEO)
Late 2022 - Early 2023NASA Rocket Lab ACS3Launch Complex 1 Pad A (LC-1A) • Māhia Peninsula New ZealandElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • Curie Kick StageNASA Advanced Composite Solar Sail System (ACS3)Low Earth Orbit (LEO)
Early 2023Rocket Lab ADRAS-J CRD2Launch Complex 1 (LC-1) • Māhia Peninsula New ZealandElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • Curie Kick StageJapan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)JAXA Commercial Debris Removal Demonstration (CRD2)Active Debris Removal by Astroscale-Japan (ADRAS-J)Low Earth Orbit (LEO)
MayNASA Rocket Lab TROPICS-2Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) • NASA Wallops Flight FacilityElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • NASA Venture-Class Acquisition of Dedicated and Rideshare (VADR)MIT Lincoln LaboratoryBlue Canyon Technologies (BCT)NASA Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats (TROPICS)Low Earth Orbit (LEO)
MayNASA Rocket Lab TROPICS-3Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) • NASA Wallops Flight FacilityElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • NASA Venture-Class Acquisition of Dedicated and Rideshare (VADR)MIT Lincoln LaboratoryBlue Canyon Technologies (BCT)NASA Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats (TROPICS)Low Earth Orbit (LEO)
MayRocket Lab Private Mission to VenusLaunch Complex 1 (LC-1) • Māhia Peninsula New ZealandElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • High-Energy Photon Upper Stage • HyperCurie Engine• Trans-Venus Injection (TVI) • MIT Venus Life Finder (VLF)Venus
March 2024NASA Rocket Lab LOXSAT 1Launch Complex 1 (LC-1) • Māhia Peninsula New ZealandElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • Photon Upper StageCurie EngineNASA Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD)NASA Tipping Point ProgramEta Space LOXSATLow Earth Orbit (LEO)
NET March 2025NASA TBC Draper CP-12 SERIES-2 Lunar LanderTBC • NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS)Draper CP-12General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS)Karman Systimaispace SERIES-2 Lunar LanderMoon

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Recent Rocket Lab Rocket Launches to Space & Events

DateMissionNotes
2022-11-04 17:27 UTCSNSA Rocket Lab Catch Me If You Can MATSLaunch Complex 1 Pad B (LC-1B) • Māhia Peninsula New ZealandElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • Sikorsky S-92 Helicopter CaptureCurie Kick StageRymdstyrelsen / Swedish National Space Agency (SNSA)Mesospheric Airglow/Aerosol Tomography and Spectroscopy (MATS)Department of Meteorology at Stockholm University (MISU)OHB Sweden InnoSat SMLOHB SwedenSun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO) | Heliosynchronous OrbitPress KitAdvisory
2022-10-07 17:09 UTCNOAA Rocket Lab It Argos Up From Here Argos-4 A-DCS GAzelle (OTB-3)Launch Complex 1 Pad B (LC-1B) • Māhia Peninsula New ZealandElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • Curie Kick StageGeneral Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) Orbital Test Bed 3 (OTB-3)NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) Argos-4Advanced Data Collection System (A-DCS)Argos Worldwide Data Collection SystemLow Earth Orbit (LEO)Press KitAdvisory
2022-09-21 17:30 UTCRocket Lab Investor Day 2022Rocket Lab InvestorsNeutron RocketPress Kit
2022-09-15 20:38 UTCRocket Lab The Owl Spreads Its Wings StriX-1Launch Complex 1 Pad B (LC-1B) • Māhia Peninsula New ZealandElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • Curie Kick StageSynspective StriX-1Low Earth Orbit (LEO)Press KitAdvisory
2022-08-04 05:00 UTCClassified Rocket Lab Antipodean Adventure NROL-199 (RASR-4)Launch Complex 1 Pad B (LC-1B) • Māhia Peninsula New ZealandElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • Curie Kick StageNational Reconnaissance Office (NRO) • NRO Rapid Acquisition of a Small Rocket (RASR) • Low Earth Orbit (LEO)Press KitAdvisory
2022-07-13 06:30 UTCClassified Rocket Lab Wise One Looks Ahead NROL-162 (RASR-3)Launch Complex 1 Pad A (LC-1A) • Māhia Peninsula New ZealandElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • Curie Kick StageNational Reconnaissance Office (NRO) • NRO Rapid Acquisition of a Small Rocket (RASR) • Low Earth Orbit (LEO)Press KitPress Kit
2022-07-04 06:56 UTCNASA Rocket Lab CAPSTONE Final HyperCurie Burn to the MoonPhoton Upper Stage • HyperCurie Engine • NASA Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE)NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD)NASA Small Spacecraft Technology Program (SSTP)NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)Terran OrbitalAdvanced SpaceStellar ExplorationLow-Energy Ballistic Lunar Transfer (BLT) • Near Rectilinear Halo Orbit (NRHO) • MoonPress Kit
2022-06-28 09:55 UTCNASA Rocket Lab CAPSTONE CubeSat to the MoonLaunch Complex 1 Pad B (LC-1B) • Māhia Peninsula New ZealandElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • Photon Upper Stage • HyperCurie Engine • NASA Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE)NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD)NASA Small Spacecraft Technology Program (SSTP)NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)Terran OrbitalAdvanced SpaceStellar ExplorationLow-Energy Ballistic Lunar Transfer (BLT) • Near Rectilinear Halo Orbit (NRHO) • MoonPress Kit
2022-05-02 22:49 UTCRocket Lab There and Back Again Smallsat RideshareLaunch Complex 1 Pad A (LC-1A) • Māhia Peninsula New ZealandElectron Rocket • 26 Launches • Rutherford Engines • Sikorsky S-92 Helicopter Capture • Curie Kick Stage • 34 Spacecraft • Alba Orbital Cluster XAstrix AstronauticsAurora Propulsion Technologies AuroraSat-1E-SpaceSpaceflight RL-9Swarm Technologies SpaceBeesUnseenlabs Bro-6Sun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO) | Heliosynchronous OrbitPress Kit
2022-04-02 12:41 UTCRocket Lab Without Mission A Beat BlackSky 16 & 17Launch Complex 1 Pad A (LC-1A) • Māhia Peninsula New ZealandElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • Curie Kick StageSpaceflight RL-11BlackSky Gen-2Low Earth Orbit (LEO)Press Kit
2022-02-28 20:37 UTCRocket Lab The Owl's Night Continues StriX-βFirst Launch at Launch Complex 1 Pad B (LC-1B) • Māhia Peninsula New ZealandElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • Curie Kick StageSynspective StriX-βSun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO) | Heliosynchronous OrbitPress Kit
2021-12-09 00:02 UTCRocket Lab A Date With Destiny BlackSky-12 & BlackSky-13Launch Complex 1 (LC-1) • Māhia Peninsula New ZealandElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • Curie Kick StageSpaceflight RL-10BlackSky Gen-2Sun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO) | Heliosynchronous OrbitPress Kit
2021-11-18 01:39 UTCRocket Lab Love At First Insight BlackSky-14 & BlackSky-15Launch Complex 1 (LC-1) • Māhia Peninsula New ZealandElectron Rocket • Rutherford Engines • Curie Kick StageSpaceflight RL-8BlackSky Gen-2Sun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO) | Heliosynchronous OrbitPress Kit

Last Updated: 2022-12-09 22:37 UTC