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14.03.2018

It's Business Time at Rocket Lab

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Huntington Beach, California. March 13, 2018: US orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has today confirmed its next launch will be the company’s first fully commercial flight. Two Lemur-2 cubesats for launch customer Spire Global will be on board the upcoming launch, with the full manifest to be confirmed in coming weeks.

The flight’s name was put to a vote on social media, with “It’s Business Time” coming out as a clear fan favourite and a continuation of company’s previous flight names, “It’s a Test” and “Still Testing”.  

Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck says “It’s Business Time” highlights Rocket Lab’s agile approach to responsive space. The launch has been manifested weeks out from launch, rather than the many months or years it can typically take under existing launch models.

“We came at the challenge of opening access to space from a new perspective. Building to tail numbers and tailoring a vehicle to the payload is a rigid and slow way of getting satellites on orbit. As the satellite industry continues to innovate at a break-neck pace and the demand for orbital infrastructure grows, we’re there with a production line of Electron vehicles ready to go and a private launch site licensed for flight every 72 hours. Launch will no longer be the bottleneck that slows innovation in space,” he says.   

“We always set out to test a launch vehicle that was as close to production-ready as possible. To complete a test program so quickly and be flying commercial customers is a great feeling. It’s business time,” Mr Beck adds.

Rocket Lab’s third Electron vehicle will be shipped to Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula in coming weeks, where final checkouts will be completed ahead of the “It’s Business Time” launch.

This year Rocket Lab is increasing its launch cadence and scaling up production of the Electron launch vehicle to meet a growing manifest. The company aims to produce 100 Rutherford engines in 2018 from its three-acre headquarters and production facility in Huntington Beach, California. More than 30 engines have already been completed and are undergoing integration onto Electron vehicles.

Rocket Lab’s first test launch, “It’s a Test,” was completed in May 2017, with the second test, “Still Testing,” taking place in January 2018. This flight successfully reached orbit, deployed commercial customer payloads for Planet and Spire Global and circularized an orbit using a previously unannounced kick stage.

For real-time updates in the lead up to “It’s Business Time”, follow Rocket Lab on Twitter @RocketLab

Quelle; RocketLab

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Update: 4.04.2018

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Next Rocket Lab launch window confirmed

Plans for the next Rocket Lab launch in New Zealand, the company's first fully commercial flight, have been confirmed.

Rocket Lab have confirmed a 14-day window for its first fully commercial launch.

The US company, which launches from the Mahia Peninsula on the east coast of the North Island, confirmed on Wednesday that an Electron satellite launch, called "It's Business Time", would have a window between April 20 and May 11.

On each of those days there will be a four-hour launch period from 12.30pm (NZT).

It would deliver payload for customers Spire Global and GeoOptics Inc into orbit.

"It's Business Time represents the shift to responsive space," says Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck.

"We always set out to create a vehicle and launch site that could offer the world's most frequent launch capability and we're achieving that in record time."

To meet a burgeoning 2018/19 launch manifest, Mr Beck said Rocket Lab had rapidly scaled production of the Electron launch vehicle across its three-acre headquarters and production facility in Huntington Beach, California.

The company will produce 100 3D printed Rutherford engines this year to support a monthly launch cadence by the end of this year.

"It's Business Time" will be live-streamed to the public, with the feed available 15 minutes before launch at rocketlabusa.com.

Quelle: NZCity

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Rocket Lab announces new commercial launch schedule

 

Rocket Lab has confirmed a 14-day window for its first fully commercial launch.

The US company, which launches from the Mahia Peninsula, confirmed on Wednesday an Electron satellite launch would have a window between April 20 and May 3.

The launch would be called "It's Business Time" an apparent nod to the Kiwi comedy classic song by Flight of the Conchords.

On each of those days there will be a four-hour launch period from 12.30pm (NZT).

It would deliver payload for customers Spire Global and GeoOptics Inc into orbit.

"It's Business Time represents the shift to responsive space," said Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck.

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Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck at Mahia Peninsula. Photo / Warren Buckland.

"We always set out to create a vehicle and launch site that could offer the world's most frequent launch capability and we're achieving that in record time."

To meet a burgeoning 2018/19 launch manifest, Mr Beck said Rocket Lab had rapidly scaled production of the Electron launch vehicle across its three-acre headquarters and production facility in Huntington Beach, California.

The company would produce 100 3D printed Rutherford engines this year to support a monthly launch cadence by the end of this year.

"It's Business Time" will be live-streamed to the public, with the feed available 15 minutes before launch at rocketlabusa.com.

Quelle: NZHerald

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Rocket Lab 'Its Business Time' launch window to open 20 April 2018 NZT

Huntington Beach, California, 3 April 2018:

US orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has today confirmed it will open a 14-day launch window this month to conduct the company’s first fully commercial launch. The mission, named ‘It’s Business Time’, includes manifested payloads for Spire Global and GeoOptics Inc., built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems.

The 14-day ‘It’s Business Time’ launch window will open on Friday April 20, 2018 NZT. During this time a four-hour launch window will open daily from 12:30 p.m. NZST (00:30 UTC). ‘It’s Business Time’ will launch from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand. Licensed to launch every 72 hours, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 is the world’s only private orbital launch facility.

Rocket Lab is the only private, dedicated small launch provider globally that has deployed satellites to orbit. ‘It’s Business Time’ marks the fastest transition a private launch provider has made from test program to fully commercial flights. This mission follows just three months after Rocket Lab’s January 21, 2018 launch “Still Testing”, which successfully deployed an Earth-imaging satellite for Planet and circularized the orbit of two weather and AIS ship tracking satellites for Spire Global using Rocket Lab’s in-house designed and built kick stage.

“It’s Business Time represents the shift to responsive space. We always set out to create a vehicle and launch site that could offer the world’s most frequent launch capability and we’re achieving that in record time,” said Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck.

“Rocket Lab is the only small launch provider that has reached orbit and delivered on promises to open access to space for small satellites. We can have payloads on orbit every 72 hours and our rapidly expanding manifest shows this is frequency is critical for the small satellite market,” he added.

Rocket Lab can achieve an unprecedented launch frequency thanks to a vertically integrated vehicle manufacturing process that enables Rocket Lab to roll an Electron vehicle off the production line every week. To meet a burgeoning 2018/19 launch manifest, Rocket Lab has rapidly scaled production of the Electron launch vehicle across its three-acre headquarters and production facility in Huntington Beach, California. The company will produce 100 3D printed Rutherford engines this year to support a monthly launch cadence by the end of 2018.

About Spire Global:
Spire is a data and analytics company that collects data for Earth from space, to help business and governments address previously insurmountable problems affecting everyone on the planet. Its constantly improving constellation of LEO satellites uses listening sensors to listen to the planet in real-time, gaining access to rich and untapped data sources totally off-limits to camera-based technology and inaccessible from the ground. To learn more, visit www.spire.com

About Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems:
For more about Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, visit www.tyvak.com

Quelle: ROCKET LAB

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Update: 5.04.2018

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Satellite to be launched near Hawke's Bay

Rocket Lab has confirmed plans for its first fully commercial satellite launch from New Zealand next month.

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The Electron satellite called "It's Business Time" will be launched from Mahia Peninsula near Hawke's Bay, some time between April 20 and May 11 .

The satellite is being sent into orbit for Spire Global and GeoOptics Inc.

Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck said the company was producing 100 Rutherford engines this year to support a schedule of monthly satellite launches.

Quelle: RNZ

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Update: 15.04.2018

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Rocket Lab fuelling issue prompts emergency service response

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A fuelling issue at a Rocket Lab dress rehearsal resulted in a emergency services response on Sunday, Rocket Lab chief executive says. Photo / Geoff Dale

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A fuelling issue at a Rocket Lab dress rehearsal has resulted in a emergency services response and activity on their landing pad on Mahia Peninsula suspended for the day.

Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck said the company "experienced a minor fuelling issue on the pad today during a wet dress rehearsal" on Sunday.

"Our team is working through the data to ascertain the root cause. As per standard procedure, Fire and Emergency New Zealand is on site as a precautionary measure while the team closes out pad activities for the day."

Fire Emergency New Zealand have been approched for comment.

Earlier in the month Rocket Lab confirmed a 14-day window for its first fully commercial launch.

he US company, which launches from the Mahia Peninsula, confirmed on Wednesday an Electron satellite launch would have a window between April 20 and May 3.

It would deliver payload for customers Spire Global and GeoOptics Inc into orbit.

"It's Business Time represents the shift to responsive space," Beck said.

"We always set out to create a vehicle and launch site that could offer the world's most frequent launch capability and we're achieving that in record time."

Quelle: nzherald

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Update: 19.04.2018

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Weather, technical issues delay Rocket Lab's first commercial launch

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Weather conditions in Mahia, and technical issues with a rocket motor, have resulted in orbital launch provider Rocket Lab delaying the launch of its first commercial venture aimed at putting private satellites into orbit.

A statement from the United States-owned company confirmed it would move the launch, scheduled between April 20 and May 3, to the next available launch window in coming weeks.

The shift comes after the pad team identified some unusual motor-controller behaviour during a wet dress rehearsal this week.

"With just days between rehearsal and window opening, the call to move the window is a conservative one made to allow the team additional time to review data," the company said.

"Rocket Lab is able to operate with schedule flexibility and move into different windows as a result of operating its own private orbital launch site.

"The new launch window is due to open in the coming weeks with defined dates to be confirmed soon."

Emergency services attended the launch complex as a matter of course on Tuesday, once the issue with the motor was noticed.

However, a company spokeswoman pointed out that while the issue occurred during fuelling, it was not a fuel issue.

The company's commercial mission, named "It's Business Time", includes manifested payloads for launch customers Spire Global and GeoOptics Inc, built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, and follows two previous test rocket launches from its launch complex at Onenui Station.

Rocket Lab is the only small launch provider to have reached orbit and recently announced it had scaled production of its Electron launch vehicle across its production facility in Huntington Beach, California.

The company, founded by New Zealander Peter Beck, intends to produce 100 3D-printed Rutherford engines this year to support a monthly launch cadence from its Mahia launch complex by the end of the year.

Quelle: nzherald

 
 

 

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