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  • 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 completes flight qualification of Electron first stage

    Derek RichardsonDecember 18th, 2016

    Less than three months after finishing its private space launch site on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula, U.S.-based Rocket Lab announced flight qualification and acceptance of the company’s Electron booster has been completed.

  • World’s first private orbital launch complex completed in New Zealand

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 30th, 2016

    Rocket Lab, a U.S. company with a New Zealand subsidiary aiming to provide commercial rocket launch services, announced Sept. 26 the completion of the world’s first private space launch site on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula. The facility, named Launch Complex 1, will serve as the primary site for launches of the company’s Electron rocket.

  • Moon Express gains regulatory approval for Moon shot

    Derek RichardsonAugust 3rd, 2016

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved Moon Express’ MX-1E spacecraft for a commercial landing on the Moon – the first time any private company has gained regulatory approval to send payload beyond low-Earth orbit (LEO).

  • Rocket Lab’s Rutherford engine qualified for flight

    Rae Botsford EndMarch 24th, 2016

    On Monday, March 21, aerospace startup Rocket Lab announced that its Rutherford engine, named for the New Zealand-born British physicist, has been qualified for flight. This milestone is the latest for the firm who has been working to field their Electron rocket in the middle of this year.

  • Moon Express launch contract verified for XPRIZE competition

    Joe LatrellDecember 16th, 2015

    Moon Express has become the second competitor to have their launch contract officially verified by the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a $30 million dollar competition. The primary goal of the contest is to land a privately funded unmanned spacecraft onto the surface of the Moon before Dec. 31, 2017.

  • Rocket Lab: the Electron, the Rutherford, and why Peter Beck started it in the first place

    Rae Botsford EndMay 2nd, 2015

    High-frequency, low-cost launches is the goal of Rocket Lab, a small aerospace company that suddenly gained attention after announcing the details of its Rutherford engine, named for the New Zealand-born British physicist Ernest Rutherford, at this year’s Space Symposium. SpaceFlight Insider had the opportunity to speak with Peter Beck, the company’s CEO and founder, about Electron launches and about the […]