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Rocket Lab Readies Electron for Spaceflight Inc. Rideshare Mission

26 Jun 2019, 22:18 UTC
Rocket Lab Readies Electron for Spaceflight Inc. Rideshare Mission
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Rocket Lab is preparing for their third Electron rocket launch of the year. The seventh flight of Electron, named “Make It Rain,” will carry seven satellites for Spaceflight Inc. Daily launch windows from 04:30 to 06:30 UTC begin on June 27, and continue until July 10. The T-0 for the Thursday (local time) attempt is currently 04:40 UTC.

The mission name is inspired by Spaceflight Inc.’s headquarters in Seattle, Washington. Make It Rain is Spaceflight’s inaugural launch with Rocket Lab, and the first of five such launches planned for this year. Spaceflight has already launched two missions aboard ISRO’s PSLV and SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets in 2019, and have ten additional missions scheduled for the year.
Rocket Lab, like other smallsat launch providers, is aiming to solve problems associated with large scale rideshare missions, such as limited control over destination orbits and lengthy delays. Dedicated smallsat launches, or rideshare missions like Make It Rain with only a few payloads, allow Rocket Lab to offer precise orbital insertion for all payloads on their own schedule.
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