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Rocket Lab ready for latest attempt at first operational Electron launch

10 Nov 2018, 05:01 UTC
Rocket Lab ready for latest attempt at first operational Electron launch
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Rocket Lab is back into an attempt to perform the first operational flight of its Electron rocket, named It’s Business Time. The mission will launch six satellites, two for Spire Global, two new additional passengers for Fleet Space Technologies via the lofting of two ‘Proxima’ satellites, one for GeoOptics Inc., and one for Irvine CubeSat STEM Program as well as one technology demonstrator for High Performance Space Structure Systems GmbH. The rocket was scheduled to liftoff in June before a stand down requiring a realignment into November. The launch window opens at 03:00 UTC on Sunday morning.
It’s Business Time countdown and flight profile:
With It’s Business Time is on its seaside launch pad at the southern tip of the Māhia Peninsula on the Northern Island of New Zealand, the stage is set for the company’s first operational flight of its Electron rocket following two test flights, one in May 2017 and one earlier this year in January 2018.
At T-7 hours, Rocket Lab’s launch team go on console at the Launch Control Center to monitor the final activities ahead of liftoff. All roads to the launch site are closed at the T-6 hour mark; this is followed by engineers ...

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