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Rocket Lab’s manifest grows as it preps for its 1st fully-commercial flight

12 Oct 2018, 10:00 UTC
Rocket Lab’s manifest grows as it preps for its 1st fully-commercial flight
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A file photo of Rocket Lab’s Electron launch in January 2018. Photo Credit: Rocket Lab
In spite of a few setbacks with its Electron launcher earlier this year, Rocket Lab has a lavish lineup planned for the rocket, beginning with a flight next month.
Though the company has delivered satellites for customers before, Rocket Lab’s first fully-commercial mission, called “It’s Business Time,” is slated for early November. The mission’s original launch window, which opened in late April of this year, and its follow-up, which opened in June, both closed without a flight due to issues with a motor controller. Though the company took what it called “corrective measures” after the issue appeared the first time, the same issue returned during the window in June, prompting a longer delay to completely handle the problem.
“There’s only one measure that matters in the launch industry and that’s 100 percent mission success,” Peter Beck, founder and CEO of Rocket Lab, said at the time. “We’ll take some time to review the data and tweak whatever we need to ahead of a new launch window to make sure we achieve that.”
The payload manifest includes two Lemur-2 CubeSats for Spire; a GeoOptics Inc. satellite ...

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