Credit: Rocket Lab

 

Rocket Lab is about to open a 10-day launch attempt window from May 22, 2017 for the maiden launch of the firm’s Electron rocket.

The launch, titled ‘It’s a Test’, will take place from Rocket Lab’s private orbital launch site, Launch Complex 1, on the Māhia Peninsula, New Zealand.

Learn and iterate

According to the group’s leader and chief rocketeer, Peter Beck, ‘It’s a Test’ is all about gathering data. “There are over 20,000 channels collected during the flight. We will use this information to learn and iterate,” he explains on the group’s website.

“As with any new rocket, there are a lot of factors that come together ahead of a test and we’re not going to fly unless we’re ready,” Beck adds. “It’s highly possible we will scrub multiple attempts as we fine tune and wait for favorable weather conditions.”

Rocket Lab’s private orbital launch site, Launch Complex 1, on the Māhia Peninsula, New Zealand.
Courtesy Spaceflight

Spaceflight purchase

Meanwhile, Spaceflight, announced today the purchase of a Rocket Lab Electron rocket to expand dedicated rideshare capacity. This is the second rocket purchase for Spaceflight, following the purchase of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and the expansion of its launch services to include dedicated rideshare missions.

“There are numerous rideshare launches each year to Sun Synchronous Orbit, but getting to 45 to 60 degrees is hard to find, and can cost the equivalent of buying an entire rocket,” explains Curt Blake, President of Spaceflight’s launch business. “We are thrilled to be working with Rocket Lab to enable our customers’ remote sensing missions that require high revisit time over North America, Europe, and the Middle East,” Blake adds in a company press statement.

Resources

Tune into Rocket Lab’s website at:

https://www.rocketlabusa.com/

For more information on Spaceflight, go to:

http://www.spaceflight.com

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