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Rocket Lab’s 30th mission delivers Japanese radar satellite into orbit

Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle lifts off from Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand with the StriX 1 radar observation satellite. Credit: Rocket Lab Rocket Lab’s 30th mission delivered the StriX 1 radar imaging satellite into orbit for the Japanese Earth observation company Synspective, beginning the deployment of a constellation of 30 commercial  radar satellites planned over the next four years. ...

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Live coverage: Rocket Lab launches Japanese radar satellite

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a Rocket Lab Electron rocket from Launch Complex 1B on Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand with the StriX 1 radar remote sensing satellite for the Japanese company Synspective. Text updates will appear automatically below. Follow us on . Rocket Lab’s live video webcast begins approximately 20 minutes prior to launch, and will be available on ...

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Rocket Lab launches top secret payload for U.S. spy satellite agency

Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle takes off from New Zealand Thursday on the NROL-199 mission. Nine Rutherford engines powered the rocket off the pad. Credit: Rocket Lab Rocket Lab launched its third mission in a little more than five weeks Thursday in New Zealand, deploying a small classified payload in orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office and continuing the busiest ...

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Rocket Lab’s next launch for the NRO postponed for software updates

File photo of two Electron rockets on Rocket Lab’s two launch pads in New Zealand. Credit: Rocket Lab Rocket Lab’s next mission for the National Reconnaissance Office — the second of two back-to-back launches for the U.S. spy satellite agency — has been postponed to complete a software update on the classified payload, the NRO said Monday. The mission is ...

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Rocket Lab briefly catches booster in mid-air after successful launch

A camera on Rocket Lab’s recovery helicopter shows the Electron booster under its parachute following launch Monday. Credit: Rocket Lab Rocket Lab used a helicopter to capture a spent Electron first stage booster and its parachute after launching satellites from New Zealand Monday, a significant step forward for the company’s rocket recovery and reuse program. The helicopter dropped the rocket ...

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Live coverage: Rocket Lab launches satellite mission, attempts mid-air booster recovery

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a Rocket Lab Electron rocket from Launch Complex 1A on Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand carrying 34 small picosatellites and CubeSats. Text updates will appear automatically below. Follow us on . Rocket Lab’s live video webcast begins approximately 20 minutes prior to launch, and will be available on this page. Source

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Rocket Lab waiting for ‘ideal’ weather before launch and recovery attempt

Rocket Lab’s Electron booster is covered in a new thermal coating for better protection during re-entry. Credit: Rocket Lab Rocket Lab called off the planned launch and recovery of an Electron booster Friday, preferring to wait for better wind and cloud cover conditions a few days from now. The next opportunity to launch the mission from New Zealand is Monday. ...

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Live coverage: Rocket Lab will try to catch a booster in mid-air after launch today

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a Rocket Lab Electron rocket from Launch Complex 1A on Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand carrying 34 small picosatellites and CubeSats. Text updates will appear automatically below. Follow us on . Rocket Lab’s live video webcast begins approximately 20 minutes prior to launch, and will be available on this page. Source

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Commercial BlackSky imaging satellites ride with Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab’s Electron launcher streaks into the night sky over New Zealand with two BlackSky imaging satellites. Credit: Rocket Lab / Joseph Baxter Two microsatellites for BlackSky launched Saturday from New Zealand, riding a Rocket Lab launch vehicle into orbit to join a fleet of commercial eyes supplying imagery to military and civilian users. The twin optical imaging satellites lifted ...

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