FAA gives Rocket Lab an umbrella 5-year launch license


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Capitalism in space: The FAA has awarded the smallsat launch company Rocket Lab a 5-year launch license, allowing it to streamline its regulatory process so that it can up its launch pace.

Rocket Lab has received a new five-year Launch Operator License from the Federal Aviation Administration, which grants it permission to do multiple launches of its Electron rocket from its LC-1 launch site in New Zealand without having to seek individual clearance for each one. While not the only limiting factor, this should help Rocket Lab increase the frequency of its launches from LC-1, servicing more customers more often for commercial small satellite customers.

While Rocket Lab has yet to achieve its goal of launches every two weeks, or even one per month, this license should at least remove one obstacle.

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  • David K

    Does anyone know if only small rockets can launch from this spaceport or if it can be upgraded?

    Now that starship is made of stainless steel, and I am sure that there are steel workers in New Zealand, I wonder if this adds a new option, particularly in the winter in the northern hemisphere.

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