Rocket Lab launches 10th Electron mission with successful rocket booster re-entry

Rocket Lab launches 10th Electron mission with successful rocket booster re-entry

Rocket Lab launched its 10th Electron spacecraft on Friday morning, successfully delivering payloads for clients Spaceflight and Alba Orbital. The launch company also had an important secondary mission for this launch: Testing out the guidance, control and navigation systems of their first stage rocket recovery system. Rocket Lab announced earlier Read more…

Rocket Lab readies Electron for the first launch with rocket recovery systems on board

Rocket Lab readies Electron for its first launch with rocket recovery systems on board

Update: Running Out of Fingers has launched successfully! We’ll know more about the results of the recovery system study soon. Rocket Lab is getting ready to fly its tenth mission, delayed from its first launch window last week and now making its second attempt. Aside from being a milestone 10th Read more…

Rocket Lab readies Electron for the first launch with rocket recovery systems on board

Rocket Lab readies Electron for the first launch with rocket recovery systems on board

Rocket Lab is getting ready to fly its tenth mission, which the first official launch window during which it could happen set for this week on November 29. Aside from being a milestone 10th mission (dubbed ‘Running Out of Fingers,’ ha), this will be the first time that Rocket Lab Read more…

Here’s the first look inside Orbex’s Scotland rocket factory

Here’s the first look inside Orbex’s Scotland rocket factory

European private launch startup Orbex is getting ready to start actually launching payloads aboard its own rockets, and it’s pulling back the curtains to give a look at the factory it’s using to build its launch vehicles. The UK-based company is building its rockets from a facility in Scotland, and Read more…

Rocket Lab’s new ‘Rosie the Robot’ speeds up launch vehicle production – by a lot

Rocket Lab’s new ‘Rosie the Robot’ speeds up launch vehicle production – by a lot

Rocket launch startup Rocket Lab is all about building out rapid-response space launch capabilities, and founder/CEO Peter Beck is showing off its latest advancement in service of that goal: A room-sized manufacturing robot named ‘Rosie.’ Rosie is tasked with processing the carbon composite components of Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle. Read more…

Take a virtual tour through Rocket Lab’s New Zealand rocket launch facility

Take a virtual tour through Rocket Lab’s New Zealand rocket launch facility

Rocket Lab is one of the extremely small group of rocket launch startups that is actually sending payloads to space, and the company sends all of its spacecraft up from a scenic peninsula located on the East Coast of New Zealand. Why? It’s ideally placed for high frequency launch windows, Read more…

Rocket Lab aims to deliver small satellites to the Moon and beyond

Rocket Lab aims to deliver small satellites to the Moon and beyond

Rocket Lab kicked off the International Astronautical Congress with the news that it’ll begin offering small satellite delivery service to orbits beyond low Earth orbit, where it currently operates – including delivering payloads all the way to the Moon. The longer-range service will be provided via its Photon spacecraft, which Read more…

Rocket Lab’s new 5-year FAA license will help it streamline its rocket launch process

Rocket Lab’s new 5-year FAA license will help it streamline its rocket launch process

Rocket Lab has received a new 5-year Launch Operator License from the Federal Aviation Administration, which grants it permission to do multiple launches of its Electron rocket from its LC-1 launch site in New Zealand without having to seek individual clearance for each one. While not the only limiting factor, Read more…