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Sensor problem hampers Rocket Lab's launch of NASA's shoebox-sized climate satellite

Sensor problem hampers Rocket Lab's launch of NASA's shoebox-sized climate satellite

Rocket Lab's first attempt to launch the second of two cubesats for NASA's PREFIRE climate change mission ended Friday (May 31).

The Electron rocket topped with the small satellite was about to lift off from Rocket Lab's site in New Zealand at 10:46 PM EDT (0246 GMT or 2:46 PM local time on June 1), until an “out-of-family sensor” appeared. . Reading” near the end of the launch window led to a rub.