Count­down on hold as Rocket Lab post­pones launch

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ROCKET Lab has post­poned a rocket launch un­til to­mor­row.

Rocket Lab an­nounced at 4pm yes­ter­day that the first at­tempt at launch­ing the Elec­tron rocket’s first fully-com­mer­cial flight had been scrubbed.

The launch had been due to take place dur­ing a four-hour win­dow from 12:30pm from Rocket Lab’s launch com­plex at Ma¯hia Penin­sula in the Wairoa Dis­trict near Gis­borne.

Kiwi chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Beck tweeted shortly af­ter that is­sues with the com­pany’s ‘‘down-range track­ing dish’’ in the Chatham Is­lands had af­fected the launch and its live stream and spare parts were now on the way to fix the is­sue.

The launch win­dow for the rocket re­mains open un­til July 6 from Ma¯hia Penin­sula.

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