Rocket Lab

Live coverage: Rocket Lab to launch 50th Electron rocket

Rocket Lab’s 50th Electron rocket stands ready to launch five satellites on behalf of France-based internet of things company, Kinéis. Image: Rocket Lab Rocket Lab is on the precipice of reaching a milestone that few commercial rockets achieved and at a pace that outperformed its competition. The company is set to launch its 50th Electron …

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NASA, Rocket Lab prepare for back-to-back launches of climate-monitoring PREFIRE spacecraft

The PREFIRE mission will launch the first of two CubeSats – depicted in this artist’s concept orbiting Earth – into space on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, to study how much heat the planet absorbs and emits from its polar regions. These measurements will inform climate and ice models. Graphic: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA is preparing to launch …

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Rocket Lab to launch NASA, Korean payloads on Electron flight

An artist’s concept of NASA’s Advanced Composite Solar Sail System spacecraft in orbit. Graphic: NASA/Aero Animation/Ben Schweighart Rocket Lab is gearing up for its fifth launch of the year, which will be a rideshare mission between the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and NASA. This will also be the company’s 47th Electron …

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Rocket Lab prepares to launch fourth satellite for Japanese Earth-imaging company, Synspective

A Rocket Lab Electron rocket prepares to launch the ‘Owl Night Long’ mission for Japan-based company, Synspective. Image: Rocket Lab Rocket Lab is preparing to launch its third Electron mission of the year and its fourth for Japanese Earth-imaging company, Synspective. The mission, dubbed “Owl Night Long,” is set to lift off on March 13 …

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Rocket Lab launches first recovery Electron mission of 2024

A Rocket Lab Electron rocket lifts off from New Zealand on the company’s first flight of 2024. Image: Rocket Lab Rocket Lab was back in action on Wednesday, kicking off its launch year with a recovery Electron mission from New Zealand. This was its second return to flight mission following a mishap late last year. …

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Live coverage: Rocket Lab’s prepares return-to-flight Electron launch

A Rocket Lab Electron rocket stands ready to launch on Dec. 15 from New Zealand. This return to flight mission will be the 42nd launch of an Electron rocket to date and the tenth in 2023. Image: Rocket Lab Rocket Lab is ready for the first flight of its Electron rocket, since a failure on …

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NASA’s final two TROPICS CubeSats launched by Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab’s Electron launcher lifts off from Launch Complex 1B in New Zealand with NASA’s fifth and sixth TROPICS hurricane research satellites. Credit: Rocket Lab The last two spacecraft in a four-satellite constellation of tropical cyclone research platforms took off late Thursday from New Zealand on a Rocket Lab Electron launcher, helping ensure NASA’s TROPICS …

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Electron rocket launches pair of cyclone-tracking CubeSats for NASA

Rocket Lab’s Electron launcher lifts off with two of NASA’s TROPICS hurricane research satellites. Credit: Rocket Lab The first pair of four NASA CubeSats designed to provide frequent updates of typhoon and hurricane development for new insights into how tropical storms evolve and intensify were launched by Rocket Lab from its New Zealand spaceport on …

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Twin TROPICS satellites set to be lofted into orbit

Artist’s illustration of two TROPICS satellites collecting data on hurricanes. Credit: NASA Rocket Lab’s launch of NASA’s second pair of TROPICS hurricane research satellites, reassigned from Astra following a launch failure last year, has been rescheduled for Sunday (U.S. time) after a delay due to unfavorable weather at the the company’s New Zealand spaceport. Originally …

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Rocket Lab recovers booster again after launch with BlackSky satellites

An Electron rocket lifts off Friday with two BlackSky Earth-imaging satellites. Credit: Rocket Lab Two BlackSky optical Earth-imaging satellites rode an Electron launcher into orbit Friday from New Zealand, while the Electron’s first stage booster gently parachuted into the Pacific Ocean as engineers consider abandoning airborne rocket recovery in favor of ship-based retrieval and reuse. …

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