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Rocket Lab launches DARPA’s R3D2 satellite

Rocket Lab executed its first launch of the year from New Zealand today, sending an experimental satellite into orbit for the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The company’s Electron launch vehicle lifted off from Launch Complex 1 on New … Continue reading

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Rocket Lab sends 13 satellites to orbit

Rocket Lab has sent its first payloads for NASA into orbit from its New Zealand launch pad, atop a low-cost Electron rocket powered by 3-D-printed engines. Liftoff from Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula came at 7:33 p.m. Dec. … Continue reading

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Rocket Lab reports $140M in fresh funding

Fresh on the heels of a successful satellite launch, Rocket Lab today announced that it has received $140 million in new investment. Rocket Lab said the Series E financing round was led by Future Fund and closed last month, well in advance … Continue reading

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Rocket Lab puts satellites in orbit from New Zealand

Rocket Lab executed its second orbital mission today, sending six small satellites and an experimental drag sail into orbit from an oceanside launch pad in New Zealand. Liftoff of the Electron rocket came at 4:50 p.m. New Zealand time on Nov. … Continue reading

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Rocket Lab sends Electron rocket into orbit

Rocket Lab’s two-stage Electron rocket successfully reached Earth orbit and deployed satellites for the first time today, raising hopes for far more ambitious missions to the moon. Today’s mission, which went up from Rocket Lab’s launch complex on the tip … Continue reading

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Rocket Lab celebrates coming close to orbit

Rocket Lab didn’t quite make it to orbit on its first try, but the company’s CEO says he’s “very happy” with the Electron rocket’s performance nevertheless. “We got a lot further than certainly we expected,” founder and CEO Peter Beck … Continue reading

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Rocket Lab’s first test flight reaches space

Rocket Lab says its first Electron rocket “made it to space” after a test launch from a New Zealand pad, marking a big step toward its goal of putting payloads into orbit for $5 million. Liftoff came at 4:20 p.m. May … Continue reading

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