Rocket Lab launch delayed


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Capitalism in space: Rocket Lab has delayed its first test launch of its Electron rocket because of predicted high winds.

The company has not yet said if they have rescheduled for Tuesday.

This article gives a very detailed overview of the rocket, its engines, and the history of its launch site. It also notes that if successful, the launch will be first orbital flight ever from a commercial company from its own commercial launch site.

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3 comments

  • wayne

    Yes, the linked-article does have numerous excellent factoids of interest.

    tangentially (and I will look this up– just pondering out loud) -Don’t we have a military rocket in this size range? One of the “standard missile” variants. (?)

  • mkent

    “It also notes that if successful, the launch will be first orbital flight ever from a commercial company from its own commercial launch site.”

    I’m rooting for them, but I wish they wouldn’t puff themselves up with statements that are factually untrue.

    “Don’t we have a military rocket in this size range? One of the ‘standard missile’ variants. (?)”

    The Minotaur family has vehicles ranging from suborbital to about 1,735 kg to LEO. The closest would be the Minotaur I, which has a payload of 310 kg to a 740 km sun-synchronous orbit.

  • Edward

    Not only the first orbital flight ever from a commercial company from its own commercial launch site, but from a country that does not even have a government space agency.

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