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Rocket Lab and China successfully completed launches today.
Rocket Lab used its Electron rocket to put a large cubesat into the highest orbit the company has yet achieved. This was the company’s nineth successful launch, and the fifth in 2019.
China in turn used its Long March 3B rocket to place a military communications satellite into orbit.
The leaders in the 2019 launch race:
6 Europe (Arianespace)
5 Rocket Lab
The U.S. now leads China 21 to 20 in the national rankings.