Rocket Lab's first launch in 2021: Watch live as 'Another One Leaves the Crust'

The small satellite launcher is ready for its first launch of 2021, a year in which it has big plans.

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A Rocket Lab Electron rocket awaits liftoff in New Zealand.

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab, one of the spunkiest newcomers to the commercial space game, says it's ready for its first mission of 2021. You can watch the mission launch live, right here.

The spaceflight startup, with facilities in the US and New Zealand, will launch one of its Electron rockets to orbit zTuesday night, Pacific time. The company had initially aimed to launch Friday night but opted to postpone after receiving some unusual sensor data from the rocket.

The mission is the 18th for Rocket Lab and has been named Another One Leaves the Crust.   

The payload being lifted from the company's New Zealand launch pad to space is a microsatellite for OHB Group, a German company focused on aerospace, aviation and defense.

This'll be a pretty routine launch for Rocket Lab, which has managed to carve out a niche providing launch services for smaller satellites, compared with companies like SpaceX and United Launch Alliance with their bigger rockets.

The kiwi company has some interesting plans in the works though, including a goal of eventually reusing its rocket boosters by catching them in midair with the assistance of parachutes and a helicopter.

Another One Leaves the Crust has a 90-minute launch window from 10:45 p.m. PT Tuesday to 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, with several more days' worth of backup launch days for leaving the crust. You can watch live below.

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