Rocket Lab successfully deploys satellites after returning to space – archyde

Rocket Lab successfully completed its first mission in almost four months. The start on Thursday afternoon from the Māhai peninsula near Gisborne went smoothly.

The company delayed its launch last week – the first since it listed on the US Nasdaq stock exchange in August – because of a suspicious sensor reading.

Rocket Lab confirmed shortly after 5 p.m. that regular commercial customer BlackSky’s two observation satellites, which were on its Electron rocket, were successfully deployed.

As usual, the launch of Electron on Thursday could be postponed in bad weather.


As usual, the launch of Electron on Thursday could be postponed in bad weather.

* Rocket Lab delays the electron start after a suspicious sensor measurement
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* Rocket Lab exams suggest that it may be able to reuse parts of the recovered electron

Rocket Lab was using a helicopter to shadow the Electron’s first stage missile body when it parachuted into the Pacific Ocean.

This is in preparation for future attempts to capture missile bodies with helicopters before they reach the sea, making it more likely that more parts can be reused on future launches.

Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck said the company is excited to move into the next phase next year.

Thousands of investors are now in the game as shareholders in the startup company founded by Kiwi, now structured as a US corporation.

Missile laboratory

Rocket Lab continues to prepare for the day it tries to catch a first stage missile before it falls back into the sea.

Covid restrictions forced Rocket Lab to postpone its September and October launches.

The company has been on the corporate front, however, continuing to secure startup contracts and research funding, and agreed last week to buy satellite hardware company Planetary Systems Corporation for up to $ 81.4 million (NZD 116 million) in cash and stock .

In October, Colorado-based space navigation company Advanced Solutions bought it for $ 40 million.

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