We are going to have to wait a bit longer for the movie. The company, which is based in Los Angeles, was due to launch a trio of satellites for a customer at Virginia Space's Mid- Atlantic Regional Spaceport. It would have been the first time a rocket lab vehicle took off in the U.S. The final day of the launch window was a no-go, and the launch was pushed to January.

It is definitely a bad thing. The first time a rocket takes off from U.S. soil, as well as the first time a rocket flies with novel flight safety software, will be marked by the mission. The launch needs of the U.S. defense agencies will be served by the use of that software.

Peter Beck told reporters last Wednesday that the flight doesn't symbolize another launch pad for Rocket Lab. There is a new capability for the nation.

A key component of the Pegasus software was developed by the space agency and the rocket lab. All Department of Defense launches will need to have autonomously terminated flights by the year 2025.

The director of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility said it took more than a few years to get the certification. The unit had to undergo a lengthy independent testing and certification process after NASA discovered a number of errors in the software code. The new launch complex, LC-2 was delayed until now.

This is a very important moment for the launch industry and ranges. The unit could help providers boost launch cadence by as much as 30%, according to him.

When the rocket returns to the pad in January, it will carry three HawkEye 360 satellites to space, where they will eventually fly in formation and collect radio-frequency data, and HawkEye will downlink the data and analyze it for customers. This is the first of three launches the company has purchased from Rocket Lab, and it will bring the total number of Hawk Eye satellites to 18.

Beck said that the rocket lab wouldn't attempt a booster recovery. A helicopter and parachutes are used to catch a booster returning to Earth. Beck said there was no fundamental reason why the company wouldn't attempt a booster recovery at the Virginia launch site, but he added, "We need to get it right, and using our own range in New Zealand to do that is by far the most efficient method to do that."

Virginia is just one of many launch sites that Rocket Lab uses. Significant capital is being poured into the development of the heavier-lift Neutron rocket, as well as a launch site and manufacturing facility. The company's investment in Wallops is a departure from other launch companies that have set up shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Cod Space Force Base in Florida.

It was the ability of the range to increase capacity that drew Rocket Lab to Wallops, according to Beck.

He said that the range is an amazing one but that it is busy. There is a lot of room for growth in the Wallops range.

The FAA is working with Wallops to increase the launch cadence from the mid-Atlantic region. Beck said that the company has the ability to switch between the two launch sites, LC-2 and LC-1 in New Zealand, which is a fully private launch facility.