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Rocket Lab to return in November – includes additional payloads

30 Oct 2018, 09:00 UTC
Rocket Lab to return in November – includes additional payloads
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Rocket Lab has confirmed its return to launch action in November, with a realigned attempt to launch the “It’s Business Time” mission from its private orbital launch pad in New Zealand, Launch Complex-1 set for November 11. The scrubbed attempt in June required the replacement of motor controllers on the rocket. In announcing the new date, two additional spacecraft will ride on the Electron, while the company also noted it would take the opportunity to conduct the fast turnaround processing that it hopes will become commonplace for the Electron rocket, with a second launch – for NASA – the following month, in December.

A few months ago, via a previously embargoed release, Rocket Lab said the “It’s Business Time” mission will launch in November, with the ELaNa XIX mission for NASA to follow soon after – hopefully in December – from the same LC-1 pad. On Tuesday, Rocket Lab confirmed the date as November 11.

It's Business Time! The nine day launch window for #ItsBusinessTime opens 11 November, NZDT. Daily launch opportunities between 16:00 – 20:00 NZDT (03:00 – 07:00 UTC). Electron is ready. The team is primed. Let's go to orbit. pic.twitter.com/kSHmk0AEhh
— Rocket Lab (@RocketLab) October 30, 2018

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