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Rocket Lab launches top-secret payload for NRO

After waiting out high winds, Rocket Lab’s low-cost Electron rocket launched a top-secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office from New Zealand, halfway around the world from the U.S. spy satellite agency’s headquarters. Get the news brief from GeekWire.

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Rocket Lab begins building third launch pad

Just days after officially opening its Virginia launch pad, Rocket Lab announced today that it has started construction of yet another pad at its original New Zealand home base. Get the news brief on GeekWire.

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Rocket Lab’s Virginia pad opens for business

Rocket Lab today celebrated the opening of a launch complex on the Virginia coast, half a world away from its first launch pad in New Zealand. The California-based company’s New Zealand-born CEO, Peter Beck, announced that the first liftoff from Launch … Continue reading

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Rocket Lab launches shooting-star satellite

Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket lifted off from its New Zealand launch pad today, sending a shooting-star satellite and six other miniaturized satellites into orbit. Get the news brief on GeekWire.

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Spaceflight helps out with shooting-star satellite

Seattle-based Spaceflight says it’s handling the pre-launch logistics for a Japanese satellite that’s designed to spray artificial shooting stars into the sky. Tokyo-based ALE’s spacecraft is just one of seven satellites due to be sent into orbit from New Zealand as early as … Continue reading

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Rocket Lab launches a foursome of satellites

Rocket Lab sent a foursome of satellites into orbit today for a threesome of customers, including the Seattle-based BlackSky Earth-watching venture. BlackSky’s sibling subsidiary, Spaceflight, handled the prelaunch logistics for the Global-4 satellite and for a pair of experimental U.S. Air Force satellites. … Continue reading

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Rocket Lab will try to recover rocket boosters

Taking a page from SpaceX’s playbook, Rocket Lab’s CEO says the company will try to recover the first-stage booster of its Electron rocket to save time and money. “Electron is going reusable,” CEO Peter Beck announced today at the annual SmallSat … Continue reading

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