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NASA sends cubesats to space on first dedicated launch with US partner Rocket Lab
17 December 2018
A series of new CubeSats now are in space, conducting a variety of scientific investigations and technology demonstrations, following launch Sunday of Rocket Lab's first mission for NASA under a Venture Class Launch Services (VCLS) contract.
An Electron rocket lifted off at 1:33 a.m. EST (7:33 p.m. NZDT) from the company's launch complex on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand, marking the first time CubeSats have launched for NASA on a rocket designed specifically for small payloads.
Image credit: Trevor Mahlmann/Rocket Lab - Rocket Lab's Electron rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 1 for the NASA ELaNa19 mission.