Status Report

Rocket Lab Launch Update – ‘The Owl’s Night Continues,’

By SpaceRef Editor
February 28, 2022
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Rocket Lab is targeting no earlier than 20:37, Monday 28 February UTC for the launch of ‘The Owl’s Night Continues,’ a dedicated launch for Synspective. This mission will bring the total number of satellites launch by Rocket Lab to 110. 


The launch will take place at the new launch pad (Pad B) at Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula. 


 A five-minute window has been allocated for launch. Should we need to stand down for any reason, we have back up opportunities through to March 13.  


See full mission details attached.


Target Launch Time:

UTC: 20:37 (28 February)

NZT: 09:37 (1 March)

ET: 15:37 (28 February)

PT: 12:37 (28 February)


About The Mission:

Launching from the new Pad B at Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula, “The Owl’s Night Continues” mission will be Rocket Lab’s 24th Electron mission.

“The Owl’s Night Continues” will deploy the StriX-β satellite as part of Synspective’s planned constellation of more than 30 synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites designed to collate data of metropolitan centers on a daily basis to support urban development planning, construction and infrastructure monitoring, and disaster response. Rocket Lan previously deployed Synspective’s StriX-α satellite as part of its 16th Electron mission, “The Owl’s Night Begins” in December 2020.

During this mission, Rocket Lab will perform an advanced mid-mission maneuver with its Kick Stage space tug to shield the StriX-β satellite from the sun to reduce radiation exposure ahead of payload deployment. 

This mission is the inaugural launch for Pad B at Launch Complex 1. It is the second pad at the complex and will support frequent and responsive launch capabilities by eliminating pad recycle time between missions. 

More information about this mission and the satellites onboard can be found here:   


Watch Live:

A live webcast will be available approximately 15-20 minutes prior to the target T-0 time at

Follow @RocketLab on Twitter for real-time updates on launch activity.   


Images and Video: 

You can find images and video content for this mission at the link below.  Additional images and footage will be added to this link following a successful launch.

Link to Rocket Lab Imagery and Video | Rocket Lab (


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