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News Archive / Tagged: Rocket Lab

  • Finally ‘business time’ for Rocket Lab with 7 payloads launched

    Rae Botsford EndNovember 11th, 2018

    Rocket Lab sent its third Electron rocket into orbit on the company's first fully-commercial mission, called "It's Business Time."

  • Rocket Lab announces new launch site at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility

    Jason RhianOctober 18th, 2018

    California-based Rocket Lab has announced a new site from which it plans to fly its Electron rocket from - one based in the United States.

  • Rocket Lab’s manifest grows as it preps for its 1st fully-commercial flight

    Rae Botsford EndOctober 12th, 2018

    In spite of a few setbacks with its Electron launcher earlier this year, Rocket Lab has a lavish lineup planned for the rocket.

  • Rocket Lab’s Electron getting US-based launch site

    Heather SmithJuly 24th, 2018

    Rocket Lab recently announced plans to build a launch complex in the United States for its small Electron rocket. The site, to be announced in August 2018, is expected to complement its current facility in New Zealand.

  • Business Time Postponed: Rocket Lab planning for new launch window

    Rae Botsford EndJune 28th, 2018

    Due to a motor controller issue discovered during pre-launch checks on June 27 (NZST), Rocket Lab is standing down from this launch window for 'It’s Business Time,' the company’s first fully commercial mission.

  • NASA awards Venture Class contracts to Rocket Lab, Virgin Orbit

    Lloyd CampbellMay 12th, 2018

    NASA has awarded launch contracts to two launch providers, Rocket Lab and Virgin Orbit, whose rockets carry smaller payloads than the traditional workhorse rockets used to orbit uncrewed spacecraft and satellites.

  • Not quite business time: Rocket Lab delays next Electron launch

    Joe LatrellApril 18th, 2018

    Unusual behavior in a motor controller has prompted the delay of the next flight of Rocket Lab’s Electron launcher. During the wet dress rehearsal for the mission dubbed "It’s Business Time," the pad operations team found the anomaly.

  • ‘It’s Business Time’: Rocket Lab sets April 20 for next Electron launch

    Heather SmithApril 7th, 2018

    Rocket Lab announced a launch date for the first fully-commercial flight of its Electron rocket. The mission named "It's Business Time" is expected to host payloads for Spire Global and GeoOptics that are built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, according to a news release from the launch service provider.

  • Electron soars to orbit on Rocket Lab’s “Still Testing” flight

    Rae Botsford EndJanuary 21st, 2018

    On Sunday, January 21, at 2:43 p.m. NZDT (01:43 GMT), Rocket Lab successfully completed the second test flight of the company's Electron rocket from their own Launch Complex 1 on the Māhia Peninsula in New Zealand.

  • Rocket Lab delays 2nd Electron test flight until 2018

    Rae Botsford EndDecember 20th, 2017

    After four scrubs, the second test flight of Rocket Lab's Electron rocket has been postponed until early 2018. In the initial release about the launch window, Rocket Lab CEO and CTO Peter Beck said the company was expecting to scrub multiple times as it waits for the perfect conditions and ensures everything on the vehicle performs as designed. That patience was and continues to be needed.

  • Rocket Lab sets launch window for next Electron launch

    Curt GodwinDecember 2nd, 2017

    Following the recent announcement about the company's preparations for the upcoming launch of its Electron rocket, Rocket Lab is now targeting a 10-day window in early December. Opening at 2:30 p.m. New Zealand Time (01:30 GMT) Dec. 8, 2017, the window will last for four hours during each of the attempts.

  • Rocket Lab prepares Electron for its second test flight

    Curt GodwinNovember 17th, 2017

    Less than six months after the maiden flight of their Electron launch vehicle, Rocket Lab is preparing for the second flight of its new rocket. With the arrival of the vehicle at the company's Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand, Rocket Lab now begins the pre-flight phase of their second mission.

  • Independent contractor to blame for Electron rocket failure

    Bart LeahyAugust 9th, 2017

    An internal review of Rocket Lab's May 25, 2017, test flight of an Electron rocket from its Mahia, New Zealand, launch site determined the vehicle was terminated due to an issue with an independent contractor’s ground equipment. A statement issued by the company's investigation board announced the incident's root causes and corrective actions.

  • Spaceflight Industries purchases dedicated Electron rocket

    Derek RichardsonMay 19th, 2017

    While Rocket Lab is gearing up to perform the maiden launch of its Electron rocket, SpaceFlight Industries announced that it has purchased a flight on a future Electron to increase the number of its dedicated ride-share missions.

  • Rocket Lab acquires additional funding for further development of new launch system

    Lloyd CampbellMarch 26th, 2017

    Rocket Lab recently secured $75 million in additional funding from a group of investors including Data Collective, Promus Ventures, and another investor whose name was not announced. The additional funding brings their total funds, to date, up to $145 million.