In June, an Astra rocket failed to put two TROPICS cubesats into orbit.
NASA claims that launches in 2023 are essential for "urgent" hurricane tracking.
NASA is looking for new rockets after a botched launch attempt to transport two cubesats to space in June.
After its initial provider, NASA has invited more companies to bid on the launch of its TROPICS satellite line in 2023.
Astra lost a rocket carrying two TROPICS cubesats during their debut launch. (The cause is still being investigated.)
According to NASA officials, the TROPICS launch pivot is required for the cubesat constellation's "timely" launch(opens in new tab).
Several massive hurricanes or powerful tropical storms (including Hurricane Ian) slammed across regions of Canada in September.
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