Credit: Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab has confirmed plans to expand its launch capability by developing a U.S. launch site – Launch Complex 2.

Four U.S. space ports are under review to launch the group’s Electron rocket.

— Cape Canaveral

— Wallops Flight Facility

— Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska

— Vandenberg Air Force Base

A decision on the confirmed site is expected to be made in August.

Simple, seamless

“We believe the launch process should be simple, seamless and tailored to our customers’ missions – from idea to orbit. Every aspect of the Electron orbital launch program is designed with this in mind and Launch Complex 2 is the next step in this strategy,” said Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck in a company press statement.

Putting some zeal into New Zealand – Rocket Lab’s Electron booster lifts off on maiden flight.
Credit: Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab is considering East and West coast options to explore a wide range of inclinations matched against current and anticipated manifest demand.

Pad infrastructure

Launch Complex 2 will be designed to support monthly orbital launches. Once the final site is confirmed, construction will begin immediately, with the first mission from Launch Complex 2 slated for second quarter of 2019. Rocket Lab will construct its own pad infrastructure tailored to the Electron launch vehicle.

Credit: Rocket Lab

 

Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 1 is situated on the Māhia Peninsula in New Zealand. Launch Complex 1 is licensed to launch up to every 72 hours.

Track record

The first Electron flight took place on May 25, 2017 but failed to reach orbit.

An Electron booster successfully lofted small satellites into orbit on January 21, 2018 local time. An attempt by Rocket Lab to launch its first commercial flight of five small satellites has been repeatedly delayed due to technical issues. No upcoming launch date has been issued by the group.

Rocket Lab is an American aerospace manufacturer with a wholly owned New Zealand subsidiary.

 

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