Rocket Lab is postponing its next launch by a few weeks because of a technical problem, but the company says it is optimistic about its long-term prospects as demand for its small launch vehicle grows.
U.S.-New Zealand launch vehicle developer Rocket Lab announced Nov. 29 it plans to conduct the second launch of its Electron small rocket in December.
Wind conditions at the New Zealand launch site subsided, but the company said concerns about static electric charges led them to postpone the launch.
The company said Sunday that high winds at its New Zealand launch site prevented rolling the rocket out to the pad, pushing back the launch to late Monday.
Small satellite launch company Rocket Lab shipped its first orbital launch vehicle to the company’s Launch Complex 1 facility to kick off pre-flight checkouts ahead of a test campaign consisting of three trial launches.