I saw this announcement last night on the Space.com website – Watch live early Saturday: Rocket Lab to launch ‘Another One Leaves the Crust’: https://www.space.com/17933-nasa-television-webcasts-live-space-tv.html. Worth a read if you are into things space-related. There are photos in the link as well as a video. Much longer article, but here’s some basic information. It’s too early in the morning as the launch takes place around 2:41 A. M. EST, but there will be video available.
By Space.com Staff January 15, 2021
A Rocket Lab Electron booster will launch a small microsatellite into orbit from New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula on Saturday (Jan. 16) and you can watch it live here. Liftoff is scheduled for 2:41 a.m. EST (0741 GMT).
Called “Another One Leaves The Crust,” the Electron mission will launch a microsatellite for the OHB Group “that will enable specific frequencies to support future services from orbit,” Rocket Lab wrote in a mission description.
The launch will mark Rocket Lab’s first flight of 2021 and the company’s 18th mission overall. A webcast for the launch will begin about 20 minutes before liftoff. That video will be available here and on Rocket Lab’s website and YouTube page.
The mission is Rocket Lab’s 18th Electron launch and will bring the total number of satellites launched by Rocket Lab to 97.
Encapsulated inside Electron’s fairing is a single communication microsatellite that will enable specific frequencies to support future services from orbit. The launch was procured for OHB Group through OHB Cosmos International Launch Service GmbH, the launch service division of OHB Group. OHB Cosmos is responsible for launching the spacecraft built by the Group’s satellite manufacturers based in Germany, Sweden, and Czech Republic.