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Rocket Lab to Launch 4 Satellites in Look Ma, No Hands Mission

13 Aug 2019, 14:01 UTC
Rocket Lab to Launch 4 Satellites in Look Ma, No Hands Mission
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Electron lifts off with U.S. Air Force satellites. (Credit: Rocket Lab)

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (Rocket Lab PR) — Rocket Lab’s eighth mission will lift-off in August from Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand, carrying a total of four satellites aboard an Electron launch vehicle.

The mission is manifested with satellites destined to begin a new constellation for UNSEENLABS, as well as more rideshare payloads for Spaceflight, consisting of a spacecraft for BlackSky and the United States Air Force Space Command.

The first launch opportunity is no earlier than Friday, Aug. 16 at 12:57 UTC (8:57 EDT). The launch window is open until Aug. 30.

The
mission is manifested with a CubeSat that will form the cornerstone of a
new maritime surveillance constellation for French company UNSEENLABS.
The constellation aims to deliver precise, reliable, and secure maritime
data, enabling organizations to monitor their own vessels and observe
those that present risks, such as pirates and illegal vessels.

Mission management and rideshare aggregator, Spaceflight, also manifested three satellites on its second rideshare mission with Rocket Lab. Among the rideshare payloads is BlackSky’s Global-4 Earth-imaging satellite. The satellite will join BlackSky Global-3, which was launched to ...

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