Rocket Lab will launch 10 Earth-imaging satellites today. Here's how to watch.

Update for 3:30 pm ET: Rocket Lab is now targeting today's launch for 5:21 p.m. EDT (2121 GMT).

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A Rocket Lab booster will launch 10 new Earth-imaging satellites into orbit from New Zealand today (Oct. 28) and you can watch it live online. 

The U.S.-based launch provider will loft an Electron booster carrying nine SuperDove imaging satellites for the company Planet and telescope-toting microsatellite for Japan's Canon Electronics Inc. Liftoff is set for 5:21p.m. EDT (2121GMT) from the Rocket Lab's Launch Complex 1 on the Mahia Peninsula. 

You can watch the launch here and on the homepage, courtesy of Rocket Lab. The company's launch webcasts typically begin about 15 minutes before liftoff, but can change if Rocket Lab adjusts its launch times. The mission will also be carried on Rocket Lab's YouTube page here.

"It's almost time for these sats from [Planet] and Canon to go to space," Rocket Lab wrote in a Twitter update Tuesday (Oct. 27). 

The nine SuperDove satellites riding on "In Focus" will join Planet's current Flock 4e constellation of Earth-imaging satellites. That network is design to capture global medium-resolution images of the Earth every day. 

The Canon Electronics microsatellite is known as CE-SAT-IIB. "It has a middle-size telescope equipped with an ultra-high sensitivity camera to take night images of the Earth and small size telescopes which are suitable for CubeSat use," Rocket Lab has said in a mission description.

Rocket Lab originally aimed to launch this mission, which the company has nicknamed "In Focus," on Oct. 21 but called off the flight due to "a small issue with an oxygen sensor," according to Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck.

The company's launch window for the flight runs through Nov. 3.

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