Aerospace startup Rocket Lab will try again this weekend to launch its first commercial mission to space, a flight the company has dubbed “It’s Business Time.” The small satellite launcher is aiming to send up seven tiny probes into low Earth orbit on its Electron rocket. If successful, the flight will officially kick off commercial operations for the company, which has only pulled off two test flights so far.
Rocket Lab has had a hard time getting “It’s Business Time” up in the air, though. The company, which launches out of a private site in New Zealand, has tried multiple times to fly this particular mission, but had to stand down after noticing some weird behavior with one of the rocket’s motor controllers. After implementing a few design changes, Rocket Lab is ready to try again. The company has a launch window that extends from this evening, November 10th, through November 19th, and it has the option to launch every day between 10PM ET and 2AM ET.
And as soon as this flight is over, Rocket Lab has another one coming right up. The company is aiming to launch a mission for NASA this December called ELaNa XIX, one that will put up 11 small research satellites into orbit. The company has also maintained that it has a packed manifest, and Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck has said the goal is to perform 16 flights next year.
But first, It’s Business Time needs to finally fly. Rocket Lab plans to livestream the launch once a time for liftoff is set. Follow the company’s twitter for updates on the mission, and check back here to watch the mission live.