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Spaceflight partners with Rocket Lab for 3 launches

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Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket lifts off from its New Zealand launch pad in January. (Rocket Lab Photo via Spaceflight)

Seattle-based Spaceflight has partnered with Rocket Lab for three launches over the next year, including one of the first launches for BlackSky’s Earth observation constellation.

All three launches will send an assortment of small satellites into low Earth orbit from Rocket Lab’s facility on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand.

One of BlackSky’s Global satellites and several other rideshare payloads are due to go up on the first flight, set for the end of 2018.

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By Alan Boyle

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