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Rocket Lab Sets Launch Dates For TROPICS Launches

Written By: Ashe S.

Published: Mon, Apr 10, 2023 10:06 PM

Latest Update: Sat, Apr 22, 2023 4:30 PM

On April 10th, Rocket Lab announced the preliminary launch timeline for the two dedicated launches of four NASA’s TROPICS satellites. The two launches are expected to be on May 1st and May 16th 2023, launching from Rocket Lab’s LC-1B in New Zealand.

The TROPICS program was built to monitor hurricane systems in the tropical region of earth, providing early warning alerts and more accurate predictions of hurricane systems around the world. The TROPICS constellation was originally planned to facilitate six satellites in earth orbit, working in tandem to provide accurate readings of weather systems. 

Display of a TROPICS satellite

Following the failed launch of two TROPICS satellites onboard Astra’s Rocket 3.3, NASA canceled the launch contract and contracted Rocket Lab to launch the remaining four satellites to service the 2023 hurricane season. While not able to reach the projected six satellite constellation, TROPICS will operate with an altered four satellite configuration.

The current launch dates are subject to change. To see the current status of the TROPICS flights, please refer to the TLP launch calendar.

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