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Spaceflight buys Rocket Lab Electron launch

Rocket Lab Electron rocket
Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket is prepared for flight. (Rocket Lab Photo)

Seattle-based Spaceflight says it’s struck a deal to buy the full capacity of a single Electron rocket launch from L.A.-based Rocket Lab, so it can send other ventures’ small satellites into orbit at cut-rate prices. The dedicated-rideshare mission follows the model that Spaceflight set with SpaceX for a Falcon 9 launch, now expected to go up next year.

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