Rocket Lab launches 2 tiny NASA hurricane-watching probes to orbit

A Rocket Lab Electron rocket launches the second set of TROPICS hurricane-studying cubesats for NASA on May 25, 2023. (Image credit: Rocket Lab)

The second set of NASA’s TROPICS cubesats launched on Thursday night (May 25), completing the agency’s hurricane-studying miniconstellation.

The two tiny satellites lifted off atop a Rocket Lab Electron vehicle from the company’s Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s North Island on Thursday at 11:46 p.m. EDT (0346 GMT on May 26). 

2023-05-26 05:12:12