Launch Information

Rocket Lab's next mission is the STP-27RD launch. The mission is scheduled for lift-off from Launch Complex 1 no earlier than 4 May 2019 NZST. The launch window remains open for a total of 14 days. 

The timing of the daily 4-hour launch windows will be published on this page in the coming days.  

The satellites on board this mission will represent Rocket Lab’s heaviest launch to date, with the total payload weighing in at more than 180 kg. There are three research and development experiments on board for the U.S. Air Force, including: 

  • The Space Plug and Play Architecture Research CubeSat-1 (SPARC-1) mission, sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/RV), is a joint Swedish-United States experiment to explore technology developments in avionics miniaturization, software defined radio systems, and space situational awareness (SSA).
  • The Falcon Orbital Debris Experiment (Falcon ODE), sponsored by the United States Air Force Academy, will evaluate ground-based tracking of space objects, such as space junk. 
  • The Harbinger research payload is a commercial small satellite built by York Space Systems that will demonstrate the ability of an experimental commercial system to meet government space capability requirements.

About Launch Complex 1 - Māhia Peninsula, New Zealand

Rocket Lab operates the world’s only private commercial orbital launch site, located on the Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand. From this site we can launch Electron 120 times per year, reaching a wide range of orbital inclinations from 39 degrees to Sun-Synchronous. 

Current Access




Marine Zone




Questions about launch operations and safety zones are welcome via our hotline number - 0800 110 623

Marine information:
Listen on VHF 79 for 24/7 launch updates and information
Call RANGE CONTROL on VHF 07 or 16 and report
• Vessel name
• Destination
• Time planned clear of area

Marine safety areas are detailed in Notices to Mariners, Coastal Navigation Warnings and NAVAREA XIV warnings

Viewing A Launch

The best way to watch a launch is via Rocket Lab’s live video stream. This stream offers the best views of launch and includes helpful commentary about the launch process. A live stream will be made available approximately 15 minutes prior to a launch attempt. The live stream is viewable on a launch day at and Rocket Lab's YouTube channel. Follow @RocketLab on Twitter

Wairoa District Council has allocated a rocket launch viewing area for the public near Nuhaka, accessible via Blucks Pit Road. Visit for more information.


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